In Munich, President Petro Poroshenko met with President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz.
During the press statement, the Head of State expressed gratitude to Martin Schulz and the entire European Parliament for the resolutions of January 21 and February 4 that proved special attention to Ukraine and constant support in the process of rapprochement with the European Union and countering the Russian aggression.
Presidents of Ukraine and the European Parliament discussed the visa-free regime between Ukraine and the EU. Martin Schulz confirmed that the European Parliament would support the establishment of the visa-free regime for Ukrainians after the fulfillment of all the necessary criteria by Ukraine. "Visa-free regime between Ukraine and the EU is an incredible step towards the economic growth. It is extremely important for us," the President of the European Parliament noted.
Petro Poroshenko and Martin Schulz discussed the situation in Donbas. The parties agreed that sanctions would be continued if the Minsk agreements wouldn't be implemented in full. The President informed on the continuation of shelling on the frontline. He also noted that according to the OSCE, Russia continued supplying weaponry to the militants through the Ukrainian-Russian border. The Head of State emphasized: "Unfortunately, Munich became the arena for Russian propaganda. It is not a cold or civil war, Mr. Putin and Mr. Lavrov. It is your aggression and propaganda that poisons Europeans. All you need to do is to liberate Ukrainian territory from Russian troops and fulfill your obligations".
The Head of State emphasized the necessity of immediate liberation of all hostages kept in dreadful conditions in the occupied territory and Russia, particularly Nadiya Savchenko and Oleg Sentsov.
Particularly, Petro Poroshenko informed the President of the European Parliament on the catastrophic humanitarian situation in the occupied Crimean peninsula, especially given the recent oppression of Crimean Tatars. Martin Schulz assured that the European Parliament was constantly monitoring the situation in Crimea.