On November 17, within the framework of his visit to Brussels, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin met with Vice-President of the EC, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.
The sides discussed the security situation in the eastern Ukraine and ways of restoring peace efforts in the spirit of Minsk agreements. In this context, EU High Representative welcomed the efforts of the Ukrainian side aimed at stabilization of the situation in the country. She expressed deep concern over the repeated violations of the ceasefire by militants in the Donbas.
F.Mogherini urged the Ukrainian side to foreseen in the formation of policy documents of new coalition and Government of Ukraine the need to accelerate reforms. She also reaffirmed the EU's commitment to provide adequate support to this process.
P.Klimkin called on the EU to strengthen the restrictive measures towards Russia: "Expanding of the sanctions package will show the solidarity of the European Union response to the blatant aggression of Russia against Ukraine, which lasts until now. I hope that the increased pressure will facilitate the immediate and full implementation of the peace agreements by Russia"- said the Head of the MFA of Ukraine. He also stressed the importance of providing Ukraine with military-technical assistance from the EU Member States.
P.Klimkin and F. Mogherini signed the Agreement between Ukraine and the EU on the status of the EU advisory mission for civilian security sector reform Ukraine.
The aim of the Mission is to strengthen the capacity of Ukraine to resolve the crises through police reform with special focus on the rule of law, restoring the confidence and support of the population and improving the management of law enforcement agencies in ensuring democratic control.
The meeting took place on the eve of the EU Foreign Affairs Council, which will focus mainly on Ukrainian issue.