Friday, May 12 2017 21:30 EEST
Ukraine
President: The greatest contribution to the EU visa waiver has been made by millions of Ukrainians during the Revolution of Dignity and Ukrainian defenders in Donbas
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In the interview to 1+1 TV channel. President Petro Poroshenko expressed confidence that the biggest contribution to the introduction of the visa-free regime with the EU has been made by millions of conscientious Ukrainians during the Revolution of Dignity and Ukrainian military who defend Ukraine from the aggression of Russia today.

In response to the remark that many ambitious people in Ukraine would love to be on the place of the Ukrainian President and write down the achievement of the EU visa waiver in their biography, Petro Poroshenko noted that not many people envy a leader of the country in war. The Head of State added: “Of course, it is tempting to say that it is my achievement, that I’ve made it. Or that it is the achievement of the President and the Ukrainian diplomats who did a brilliant job. Or to thank Ukrainian MPs, governments”. However, the President emphasized that there were those who have done the most.

“If you ask me who, sorry for the pathos but I really think so, made the greatest contribution to the EU visa waiver, I can tell that it is millions of Ukrainians during the Revolution of Dignity and hundreds of thousands of our soldiers who defended sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of the state. Having an army and a nation, it is very easy to do everything else that allowed having this holiday today,” the President noted in the interview to 1+1 TV channel.

Petro Poroshenko reminded that in 2013, the Ukrainian President was not welcome in the world. It was particularly noticeable during the Eastern Partnership Summit in Lithuania. “It was a brutal disappointment. When everyone got a confirmation that he (Viktor Yanukovych - editorial comment) was dependent, weak and definitely not European,” the Head of State noted.

Today, according to Petro Poroshenko, there is a support of the European countries, USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Asian countries etc. The President told that he would visit Malta shortly. “This enormous progress took place during Malta’s presidency. The Prime Minister of Malta, the President and the leader of opposition considered the issue of visa waiver under their presidency a matter of their honor. And they succeeded,” Petro Poroshenko said.

The President underlined a huge work by the UK and USA in the issue of defensive cooperation, as well as that of Germany and France. “Availing myself of this opportunity, I would like to express gratitude to Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and former President of France and a great friend of Ukraine Francois Hollande,” the Head of State noted.

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