Poroshenko, EU leaders to discuss Association Agreement, ways of strengthening aid to Ukraine
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, as part of his participation in the 20th EU-Ukraine summit in Brussels on Monday, will discuss with the leaders of the EU countries the implementation of the Association Agreement with the EU, the prospects for strengthening assistance to Ukraine and sanctions against Russia.
"During the summit, Ukraine and EU leaders will discuss the implementation of the Association Agreement, including the creation of a deep and comprehensive free trade area, and the prospects for further deepening the sectoral integration of Ukraine in the digital market, the Energy Union, the customs, justice and internal affairs in the development of the Ukrainian president's initiatives presented on July 15, 2017," reads a report posted on the website of the head of state on Monday.
In addition, there will be an exchange of views on ways to strengthen assistance to Ukraine from the EU towards implementing reforms and strengthening energy security.
Particular attention will be paid to coordinating actions aimed at counteracting ongoing Russian aggression, increasing the effectiveness of the sanctions policy against Russia, increasing international pressure on the Kremlin to fully implement the Minsk agreements and restoring the territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea and Sevastopol, as well as the immediate release of Ukrainian hostages and political prisoners illegally held by Russia.
The summit will be held amid the entry into force of the EU decision on granting Ukraine a new fourth program of macro-financial assistance of EUR 1 billion and the decision of the EU Council to extend until January 31, 2019 economic and sectoral sanctions against Russia for undermining the territorial integrity of Ukraine, the presidential press service said.
A joint press conference with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is to be held after the summit, and a joint statement will be adopted.