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EU-Ukraine summit

Council of the EU: At the 21st EU-Ukraine summit in Kyiv, leaders will reaffirm the strength of the political and economic ties between the EU and Ukraine. They will also discuss the way ahead on EU-Ukraine relations.

President Donald Tusk and President Jean-Claude Juncker will represent the EU at the summit. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will represent Ukraine. This will be the first summit that he attends following his election in April 2019.

Ahead of the summit, Donald Tusk travelled with President Zelenskyy to Stanytsia Luhanska, a crossing-point to the non-government-controlled areas in eastern Ukraine.

“Visited Stanitsa Luhanska today with President @ZelenskyyUa. The tragedy in eastern Ukraine continues, with disastrous humanitarian consequences for local people trapped by Russia’s war. Good meetings with brave Ukrainian soldiers, the OSCE monitors and humanitarian agencies.” Tweet by President Tusk @eucopresident, 7 July 2019

On 5 June, President Zelenskyy met with Donald Tusk in Brussels as part of his first foreign trip.

President Tusk after his meeting with the President of Ukraine

“President Zelenskyy and I discussed our next EU-Ukraine summit. This will set the priorities for our relations in the year ahead. Our joint decision is to hold the summit, as planned, and we have also agreed to remain in close contact with the President”. President Tusk after his meeting with the President of Ukraine

At the summit, the EU will reaffirm its support to Ukraine’s’ sovereignty and territorial integrity and the implementation of the Minsk agreements. At the last European Council, EU leaders again decided to prolong the EU’s economic sanctions against Russia in the absence of progress.

The situation in the Azov sea and additional support measures to the region are on the agenda. Leaders will also condemn the Russian measures on granting Russian citizenship to Ukrainians living in non-government controlled areas.

Besides, EU and Ukrainian leaders will exchange views on the future priorities for EU-Ukraine relations. They will examine the next steps in the implementation of the association agreement.

Leaders will review progress on the Ukrainian reform agenda, especially in the fight against corruption, and the EU’s support for this process. Reforms in the energy sector, in the administration and the respect of the rule of law, are also on the agenda.

Leaders will discuss bilateral trade and the implementation of the deep and comprehensive free trade area (DCFTA).

The last EU-Ukraine summit took place in Brussels on 9 July 2018.