Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba met with Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Slavkov Format - the Czech Republic Jan Lipavský, Austria Alexander Schallenberg and Slovakia Ivan Korčok, who are visiting Ukraine on a joint visit.
The heads of Czech, Austrian and Slovak diplomacy expressed their support for Ukraine against the background of the aggressive actions of the Russian Federation.
Dmytro Kuleba informed his colleagues in detail about the current security situation near the state border and in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, the efforts of our state and international partners to intensify the political and diplomatic settlement of the Russian-Ukrainian armed conflict.
He thanked Jan Lipavský, Alexander Schallenberg and Ivan Korčok for their trip to the area of the Joint Forces Operation in the Donbass to see the consequences of Russia's aggression against Ukraine.
The Foreign Ministers of the Slavkov format countries welcomed Ukraine's position, which does not succumb to Russian provocations and remains steadfast in its search for diplomatic ways to de-escalate.
They agreed that Russian aggression undermines not only the security of Ukraine but of the whole of Europe. Therefore, it is critical to maintain unity in deterring Russia and to act decisively to preserve peace and stability on the European continent.
In this context, the ministers discussed the implementation of a comprehensive package to deter Russia from further aggression, including tough economic sanctions from the European Union and strengthening Ukraine's defense and security sector. They also discussed steps to ensure economic and financial stability of Ukraine.
Dmytro Kuleba expressed gratitude to his colleagues for the practical support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as the implementation of important humanitarian, educational and social projects in our country.
The ministers paid special attention to Ukraine's further European integration, in particular within the framework of the Czech Presidency of the EU in the second half of 2022.
The ministers discussed cooperation within the Crimea Platform, as well as strengthening the energy security of Ukraine and the whole of Central Europe.