German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Schmyhal spoke today via video conference.
They discussed close bilateral and economic relations, the reform process in Ukraine and the security situation in eastern Ukraine. The Chancellor promised the Prime Minister to continue to provide further support to the reform process, especially in the key areas of decentralization, energy, judicial reform and the fight against corruption.
The Prime Minister emphasized that the Ukrainian Government intended to continue the reform strategy actively in close coordination with the EU and the IMF.
The Chancellor and the Prime Minister also discussed measures to combat the corona pandemic.
Germany is one of Ukraine’s most important economic partners with a bilateral trade volume of 7.8 billion euros in 2019. Around 2,000 German companies are active in Ukraine. Since 2014 Germany has supported Ukraine with a total of around 1.2 billion euros and was the largest bilateral donor of humanitarian aid in 2019