During his visit to the UK Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Kostyantyn Gryshchenko delivered a speech on Ukraine's European integration and its security policy at the International Institute For Strategic Studies during his visit to the UK
The Ukraine’s Foreign Minister underlined that the EU membership remains a strategic priority for Ukraine. In this regard the upcoming Association Agreement with the European Union establishes a new philosophy of the relations between Ukraine and the EU – the transition from the principles of partnership and cooperation to a qualitatively new level of political association and economic integration.
We understand that the question whether or not Ukraine at some point becomes a member is not the highest on EU’s agenda. Therefore in our dialogue we are trying to be constructive and proactive.
We try to show that Ukraine can enrich the EU, not freight it with problems. Therefore it’s especially important that today’s dialogue between Ukraine and the EU is a dialogue of open language and mutually binding responsibilities, underlined K.Gryshchenko.
However, Ukraine’s foreign policy is not focused solely on Europe, particularly in light of the fast-changing global geopolitical context and the need for our country’s modernisation. The policy of pro-European equilibrium is the answer to these challenges.