Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze on December 3, in Zagreb (Croatia) met with Prime Minister of Croatia Andrej Plenković. The meeting took place within the framework of the Summit of the Heads of Government of the Central European Initiative.
During the talks, the Vice Prime Minister thanked the Croatian Government for consistent support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as support for the European choice of Ukrainians.
At the same time, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze called on the Croatian side to support strengthening of sanctions against the Russian Federation in connection with armed aggression in the Black Sea.
"We hope that Zagreb will continue to promote the principles of international law and European values by implementing the European Union and NATO policies on Russian aggression against Ukraine. It is especially important to preserve and even strengthen EU sanctions against the Kremlin as the only effective instrument of influence on Russia, " Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze claimed during the meeting.
According to the Vice Prime Minister, an open Russia’s aggression in the Black Sea, as a result of which three Ukrainian ships were seized, while 24 Ukrainian sailors were captured, unveiled Kremlin’s course to exacerbate the situation and further destabilize Ukraine.
"The EU must respond adequately to brazen violations of international law by Russia" , the Vice Prime Minister emphasized.
She also briefed the Croatian partners on the mechanism of the martial law introduced in certain regions, which lasts from November 26 until December 26, 2018.
In turn, the Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said that Croatia supported bringing the issue of Russia's aggressive actions to the attention of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe for a detailed discussion.