Ukrainian president continues pro-western policy: Polish, Swedish FMs

2019-05-31 20:59 update: 2019-06-04, 11:33
Photo PAP/Radek Pietruszka
Photo PAP/Radek Pietruszka
The Polish and Swedish foreign ministers said after a meeting with the new Ukrainian president on Friday that Volodymyr Zelensky had assured them that the Kiev authorities "will continue reforms and integration with the EU and NATO."

Ministers Jacek Czaputowicz and Margot Wallstroem went to Ukraine as representatives of the two countries that initiated the EU's Eastern Partnership programme. 

The Eastern Partnership is a Polish-Swedish initiative which emerged in 2009 and constitutes part of the European neighbourhood policy covering the EU's eastern neighbours. The aim of the Eastern Partnership is to strengthen political ties and economic integration between the EU and six countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia and Belarus.

"We congratulated President Zelensky on his high election result. This is a great success but also a huge responsibility. It is important now how he will use his strength to consolidate democracy and conduct reforms. We will be standing arm in arm with Ukraine to offer assistance but also to check whether the law is observed and corruption is being fought against," Minister Czaputowicz told reporters after the meeting.

"We have come here to express our support for Ukraine, its sovereignty and territorial integrity. On behalf of the entire EU we have also offered our support for reforms in Ukraine," Czaputowicz went on to say.

The Polish official described the meeting with Zelensky as very good. "The conclusions are positive. It is visible that the president is determined, that he wants to conduct the planned reforms and continue foreign policy. The task is difficult but his optimism makes us full of hope for a change," he said.

Czaputowicz added that the meeting also focused on the situation in the Donbas.

The minister also told reporters that he had confirmed an invitation for the Ukrainian president to visit Poland, which he had handed over to Zelensky during his inauguration on May 20.

"I have confirmed the invitation for the president to visit Poland. Various dates are being taken into consideration; September 1 is an important day in Poland, namely, the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII. I confirmed the invitation for the Ukrainian head of state for this day. Diplomatic talks are under way," he announced. (PAP)

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