On a working visit to London, Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze met with Tom Tugendhat, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee and Julian Lewis, Chairman of the Defence Select Committee. The sides discussed Ukraine-NATO cooperation, Russia's aggression in eastern Ukraine and possible countermeasures against it.
Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze placed a special emphasis on the fact that only harsh sanctions, in particular the financial and resolute consolidated actions of European states, could stop Russian hostile politics. She stressed that Kremlin is not going to dwell on aggression against Georgia, the four years of the war in Ukraine, the Salisbury poisoning case or cyber attacks in various states. As for Ukraine, Russia continues to undermine the Normandy format talks and jeopardize the Minsk process, and by using various instruments provokes political, social and economic instability in Ukraine.
The Vice Prime Minister thanked the British side for the nonfungible contribution of British troops to the training of Ukrainian soldiers within the Operation ORBITAL held in different places in Ukraine, as well as for the support of Ukraine and a clear position regarding the issue of sanctions against the Russian Federation.
The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee of the British House of Commons assured that the United Kingdom intends to impose additional sanctions against Russia. A tougher sanction regime will become reality after the country's withdrawal from the EU in March 2019, as it is currently impossible to impose bilateral sanctions.
"Your security is also our security", Tom Tugendhat stressed.
He emphasized that Ukraine's experience in combating hybrid attacks is incredibly important for the UK. The parties agreed to intensify cooperation on detection and counteraction to misinformation.
In turn, Julian Lewis, Chairman of the Defence Select Committee emphasized that Great Britain will contribute to securing peace in the occupied territories of Donbas and restoring the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
MPs assured that Ukraine has significant support in the British Parliament and agreed that it is essential to continue active dialogue with representatives of other European states regarding Russia's aggressive policy, in particular, in the context of counteraction to the construction of the Nord Stream 2.