The delegation of Visegrad Group (V4) included Lubomir Zaoralek, Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic, Janos Martonyi, Foreign Minister of Hungary (presiding at V4), Miroslav Lajcak, Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister of the Slovak Republic as well as Katarzyna Pelczynska-Nalecz, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Poland. Jan Tombiński, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine, also participated in the meeting.
Acting Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia expressed his gratitude to the Visegrad Group states for the steady support of democratic processes in Ukraine, especially appreciable in the last three months. In this regard he placed particular emphasis on the considerable humanitarian aid provided by the V4 to those Ukrainian citizen injured during the mass protests.
Andrii Deshchytsia made his counterparts familiar with the preferential steps of the new Ukrainian leadership aimed at political and economic stabilisation in the country. He urged his European partners to provide an ultimate assistance in this process.
On their turn V4 foreign ministers declared their unanimous support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. They also expressed their readiness to take concrete steps for Ukraine to receive macroeconomic help from the international institutions.
Acting Minister Andrii Deshchytsia spoke about the main foreign policy priorities of Ukraine. He underlined the Ukrainian government’s readiness to sign the Association agreement with the EU in the shortest time as well as finalise the process of visa regime liberalization for Ukrainian citizen. He also stressed importance of the resumption of a full-scale dialogue with the Russian Federation.
Ministers also focused on the issues of intensifying practical cooperation between Ukraine and V4, in particular scholarships for Ukrainian students at the universities of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, and support of civil society in our country.