Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

Kyiv 09:50

President on the aftermath of the Eastern Partnership Summit: We managed to unite the European Union around the idea of a peacekeeping mission in the Donbas

24 November 2017, 16:59

President Petro Poroshenko called the inclusion in the Summit Declaration of the provisions on the European perspective of Ukraine one of the main results of the Fifth Eastern Partnership Summit.

The Head of State stressed that the Ukrainian delegation had also managed to resolve one more important political issue - to unite the positions of the EU countries around the peacekeeping mission in the Donbas.

"We managed to solve an important issue for Ukraine - to unite the EU around a peacekeeping mission in the Donbas. We managed to include this position in the final resolution of the Summit," Petro Poroshenko said.

"We actively promote this position in the UN General Assembly and today we managed to include this position in the final resolution of the Summit," the President said.

Answering the question about the wording on "Russia as an aggressor-country", the President stressed: "We have the declaration of the European People's Party, where it was recorded. If you read the declaration of the EPP, it clearly states the place and role of Russia". He added that "in the framework of the Eastern Partnership there are several countries with different pace of European integration".

Commenting on the general results of the summit, the President said: "Did we manage to realize everything we wanted? The answer is no. And our position was that Europe should be tougher, Europe should be more united, Europe should be more resolute. And that's all we tried to achieve in the negotiations".

The Head of State also stressed that "today it was clearly demonstrated that Ukraine is an independent player considered by European leaders". According to the President, he had meetings with 15 leaders of European countries in the last two days.

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