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Kuleba and Maas discussed the situation with Coronavirus, assistance to Ukrainian citizens abroad and Ukraine’s course toward EU, NATO integration

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Germany discussed methods of control over the coronavirus, assistance to Ukrainian citizens abroad, Ukraine’s integration into the EU and NATO, preparation for the meeting in the Normandy format, reforms and anti-crisis economic policy.

According to Minister Kuleba, the conversation focused on coordination of efforts to resist the spread of coronavirus: “I would like to express my gratitude to Heiko Maas for giving his permission so that German airlines could transport Ukrainian citizens from remote parts of the world to Germany, from where we will help them to get to Ukraine”.

Dmytro Kuleba said that the issue concerns, first of all, the Latin American region. The ministers have already discussed the detailed procedure, and embassies are developing the details of the process. For his part, Heiko Maas thanked the Ukrainian side for helping German citizens to return home: “Ukrainians have helped us, and on behalf of German citizens I would like to thank who managed to help us in Ukraine. I appreciate the sign of solidarity with people who wanted to return to Germany in this difficult time”.

Dmytro Kuleba noted that Ukraine will continue the systematic reforms even in the conditions of the world crisis and asked his German colleague to support Ukraine in international financial organizations.

The parties paid considerable attention to efforts to resolve the Russian-Ukrainian conflict in Donbas. Both Ministers agreed that it is important to continue the existing negotiation frameworks and to strengthen cooperation between foreign ministries within their structures. The German Foreign Minister noted that Germany still supports the restoration of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. The German Foreign Minister also strongly condemned the evidence of torture in the temporarily occupied territories, which are presented in the reports of the UN Commission on Human Rights.

During the talks the officials discussed the dynamics of bilateral cooperation and development of trade relations between Ukraine and Germany.The Ministers noted that under the current crisis situation it is important to identify ways to activate economic and investment cooperation and it gives a chance for national economies to overcome the crisis and open new opportunities.

“Last year the trade turnover between our countries amounted to almost 9.5 billion Euro. Despite the spreading of coronavirus, life goes on, so we also discussed how to develop relations after the situation improves. We discussed new opportunities for trade and business cooperation between our countries. The main attention is paid to the energy sector, which has a great potential,” said Dmytro Kuleba.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister emphasized that European and Euro-Atlantic integration remained a priority of Ukraine’s foreign policy.Heiko Maas confirmed his readiness to take into account Ukraine’s interests during Germany’s presidency in the EU Council in the second half of 2020. The German minister also confirmed that Germany would support Ukraine on the path of European and Euro-Atlantic integration.

Photo: @DmytroKuleba