On 14 October 2019, during the visit to Brussels (Kingdom of Belgium) Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko took part in a meeting of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs.
The key topic of the meeting was the security situation in the east of our country, ways to counter Russian military aggression against Ukraine and efforts of the Ukrainian side to implement the Minsk agreements.
The Minister emphasized the exceptional consistent role of the European Parliament in supporting the internal reforms in Ukraine as well as in countering the military aggression of the Russian Federation.
Vadym Prystaiko explained in details the stance and red lines of the Ukrainian side in the context of the conflict settlement in the Donbas.
“Ukraine is and will remain a unitary state, the federalization scenario is unacceptable. Ensuring the necessary security conditions is an obligatory prerequisite for holding local elections in Donbas: Russian military units, mercenaries and weapons must be withdrawn from Ukraine. In addition to that, we must regain full control over the temporarily uncontrolled section of the Ukraine-Russia border”, - underlined Vadym Prystaiko.
Discussion with the members of the European Parliament reconfirmed their continued support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and independence as well as the aspiration to promote further its economic and political integration with the European Union.
The participants of the meeting also welcomed the setting up of the Ukraine-EU inter-parliamentary cooperation bodies as an important mechanism for the comprehensive implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.