The current situation in Ukraine, first of all in the Sea of Azov, will be among the urgent issues on the agenda of the G20 summit, which will start in the coming days in Argentina. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman announced in his statement at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP - German). It is Germany’s independent network of foreign policy and a think tank that has been promoting public debate on foreign policy in Germany for 60 years.
In his statement, the Head of Government stressed that the situation in Ukraine will have an impact on the future development of the entire continent. "From 2014, we have a firm support of Germany. It includes the support of values, respect for international law, a sovereign state to determine the vector of development and its future", said Volodymyr Groysman. "What happened in the Azov Sea cannot be neglected. 24 Ukrainian military were arrested. Everyone could see the footage that circled all around the globe ... For us, it is clear that following the illegal annexation of Crimea they have embarked on the occupation of the Sea of Azov... We expect that within the framework of the G20 Summit, a dialogue on Ukraine will be held. If we do not stop the aggressor regime now, the number of victims and attacks will only grow."
On November 28-29, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman paid a working visit to Germany. During the visit, he had important talks with the Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and other government officials. Together with Angela Merkel, the Head of Government opened the Third German-Ukrainian Business Forum, which gathered more than 300 representatives of large and medium-sized businesses in Germany.
Among the topics of the negotiations were the situation in the Azov Sea, the prolongation of the retaliatory sanctions policy against aggression, cooperation in the energy sector, first of all, within the framework of the development of the Ukrainian gas transit network. Particular attention was paid to economic cooperation and strengthening of investment cooperation.
Germany is the largest partner of Ukraine among the EU countries and enters TOP-5 largest trade partners of Ukraine in the world. The share of the Federal Republic of Germany in the foreign trade turnover of Ukraine with the countries of the European Union exceeds 17%. During 9 months of 2018, the mutual trade turnover amounted to about $6 billion, with exports rising by more than 20%. During a recent visit by the Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel to Ukraine, Kyiv and Berlin, at the level of heads of government, agreed to exert every effort to bring the mutual trade turnover to $10 billion per annum.