On February 11, 2016 Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin held negotiations with Philip Hammond, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.
The parties discussed the situation in Donbas, implementation of the Minsk agreements, relations with the EU, Ukraine’s domestic reforms, strengthening of the bilateral cooperation, in particular within the UN Security Council as well as further political contacts.
During the meeting the parties underlined the importance of unity within the EU on further support of Ukraine. They also discussed international initiatives of Ukraine aimed at ensuring security in Donbas, restoration of border control and cessation of Russian aggression against Ukraine.
Special attention was paid to the situation in Crimea. Pavlo Klimkin and Philip Hammond discussed the initiative on establishment of the international platform on de-occupation of Crimea. Minister underlined the need to conduct international monitoring of human rights violations in Crimea.
During joint press conference following the meeting, Pavlo Klimkin expressed his gratitude to his British counterpart for the strong stance of the UK Government in supporting territorial integrity of Ukraine and support for reforms.
“We agreed that the international political and economic pressure on Russia should be maintained until Moscow fully implements its Minsk obligations. I’m grateful to the United Kingdom for its strong position on sanctions against Russia,” the Minister noted.
Philip Hammond said that he is set to visit Ukraine in the nearest future.