Monday, January 30 2017 20:44 EET
Europe
Poroshenko told what he expects from Europe in case Minsk agreements are not fulfilled
Poroshenko, Europe, Minsk agreements, Angela Merkel, Berlin, Germany, EU, Russia, Normandy format, sanctions

President Petro Poroshenko says Ukraine remains committed to the Minsk agreements. “I emphasize that there is no alternative to the Minsk agreements,” the Head of State noted at the joint press conference with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel

“We are grateful to Germany, as leader of the EU, for its firm and principled position, policy of support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. For the firm position on the formation of the Normandy format, on the contribution of Germany to the conclusion of the Minsk agreements,” Petro Poroshenko emphasized.

The President expressed confidence that it was necessary to carry out joint and decisive action to motivate Russia to implement the Minsk agreements. “Thus, our coordination today is extremely important,” he stressed.

Petro Poroshenko is going to discuss with Angela Merkel the roadmap of the Minsk agreements agreed on in Berlin during the Normandy Summit. The President expressed gratitude to the German and French colleagues “for the firm and principled position in support of Ukraine”. He is hopeful that the parties will find enough arguments for Russia to finally return to the table of negotiations and finally begin to implement the Minsk agreements.

According to the President, if the Minsk agreements are not fulfilled, it will be necessary to preserve and, if necessary, increase sanctions against Russia. “I am really grateful to Ms. Chancellor for the firm position in this issue,” the President said.

The Head of State emphasized the necessity of discussing the issue of countering hybrid propaganda of the Kremlin, which affects Germany, Ukraine, the entire EU, USA and other states.

In her turn, Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel informed that the parties had discussed a series of issues at the negotiations, including the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements. The Chancellor added: “We believe that the Normandy format is the right way. We will further adhere to it despite the existing obstacles in order to achieve peace, political stability and territorial integrity of Ukraine”.