Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman and President of the European Council Donald Tusk during a meeting in Brussels discussed urgent issues of cooperation between the EU and Ukraine, namely the introduction of a visa-free regime and the process of ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.
"Ukraine has fulfilled all criteria for the free visa regime. We are looking forward to the EU to comply with its obligations without delay", stressed Volodymyr Groysman.
While discussing reforms in Ukraine, Donald Tusk noted that the European Union closely monitors the results of activities of the Ukrainian Government.
"The European Council highly evaluates the progress of reforms of the Ukrainian Government", emphasized Donald Tusk.
The focus of the talks was also the security situation in the East of Ukraine.
Volodymyr Groysman drew attention to the fact that the deterioration of the situation in eastern Ukraine, as well as recent shelling in Avdiyivka jeopardize the whole process of settlement of the conflict in Donbas.
In this context, Donald Tusk expressed his full support for Ukraine in the process of peaceful settlement. He also praised the "efficient Government action directed to restore normal life in the town of Avdiyivka."
During the talks, the President of the European Council reassured the Prime Minister of Ukraine of his support of the need to continue the sanctions policy towards the Russian Federation.
"Sanctions mean punishment, while lifting of sanctions means a reward for cessation of aggression and the willingness to adhere to generally accepted rules of international law, sovereignty, territorial integrity of independent States and democratic values", emphasized Volodymyr Groysman.