Rome summit shows EU's commitment before countries sharing common values – Poroshenko

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko welcomes the fact that the European Union summit in Rome has confirmed the EU's commitment to remain open to countries that share common values.

"I welcome that the agenda of the Rome summit has once again confirmed the EU's full commitment to remain an open association for countries that respect and support values. Ukraine is one of them," he said at the European People's Party (EPP) summit in Malta on Wednesday.

The Ukrainian president said he fully supports the concept of a "multi-speed Europe."

"This can allow the Eastern European countries that are striving for European prospects with all their hearts to bring in some new blood to the EU project," Poroshenko said.

He said Ukraine "is ready to put the EU car into first gear."

Speaking about the current situation in Ukraine and in the world, Poroshenko described it as a crisis of confrontation between two opposing concepts - freedom and tyranny. "Ukraine is at the tip of the spear. Ukraine has been fighting for three years and every day fights this hybrid war against the Russian military, terrorists, propaganda, hackers, corruption and absolute deceit," Poroshenko said.