On June 30, 3030, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar met with ambassadors of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries.
The meeting participants touched upon discussion of the results of the Czech presidency in the Group and the transfer of powers to Poland from the beginning of July this year.
Mr. Radek Matula, Ambassador of Czech Republic in Ukraine stressed that Ukraine was in the focus of the Czech presidency during the year, although not all projects were implemented because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The V4 representatives presented a special program "V4 East Solidarity Program", which was created under the auspices of the International Visegrad Fund for the Eastern Partnership countries. It will disburse 125,000 euros to help Ukraine fight the COVID-19 pandemic in Chernivtsi and Luhansk regions.
The participants discussed the directions of Ukraine's regional cooperation with the V4 in counteracting Russian aggression and COVID-19, new working formats of cooperation, in particular, the Visegrad + Ukraine expert-level meeting with diplomats, politicians and NGOs, and the need to restart all intergovernmental commissions. bilateral cooperation.
The Deputy Minister Vasyl Bodnar thanked for the assistance provided by the member countries of the Visegrad Group in the fight against COVID-19 and drew attention to the intensification of Russian destructive actions in Donbas and Crimea.
Ambassador of Poland in Ukraine Mr. Bartosz Cichocki assured that the issue of security will be one of the three priorities in the program of the Polish presidency in the Visegrad Group.