Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov met with Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Ukraine Anka Feldhusen.
The participants of the meeting discussed the current situation in the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, the situation in the East of Ukraine due to the armed aggression of the Russian Federation, the work of the countries within the "Normandy format", cooperation in the implementation of joint projects in the socio-economic field, sanctions against Russia, etc.
“We highly appreciate the contribution made by Germany to the settlement of the situation in Donbas due to the armed aggression of the Russian Federation, because of the Russian occupation of parts of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts of Ukraine, as well as the Ukrainian Crimea. Our position on the international armed conflict in the East of Ukraine remains unchanged, the implementation of security provisions of the Minsk Agreements is the main prerequisite for de-escalation. I sincerely welcome the fact that the Paris Summit of the "Normandy contact group" once again proved our commitment to the peaceful settlement of the conflict in Donbas. However, unfortunately, most of the agreements, which were reached and aimed at improving the security situation in the East of Ukraine, remain unimplemented by the aggressor state, including the violation of ceasefire regime,” emphasized Oleksii Reznikov.
During the conversation, Deputy Prime Minister highlighted that the Russian Federation, as an aggressor state, is fully responsible for the conflict and any direct dialogue with representatives of the Russian occupation administrations in the temporarily occupied Donetsk and Luhansk is excluded.
Oleksii Reznikov has once again expressed concern about the attempts of the Russian Federation to use the coronavirus pandemics as a reason to decrease the pressure of sanctions against it.
“We see that the Kremlin is already actively using the subject of coronavirus for propaganda purposes. Relevant UN draft resolutions, statements of Russian officials on the need to lift sanctions amidst the pandemic and the need to combine efforts in combating the spread of the virus are emerging. However, without correcting violations of international law and restoring Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, it is impossible to lift sanctions,” added the Deputy Prime Minister.
Reznikov has also expressed his gratitude for the support of the Federal Republic of Germany and for increasing the volume of technical assistance that the Federal Republic of Germany provides to Ukraine.
“We are ready to cooperate actively in order to diversify technical assistance in economic reforms, security, overcoming the consequences of Russian aggression in the East of Ukraine and humanitarian aid. We are grateful to Germany for its support of the Ukrainian initiative on channel the unallocated part of the unbound financial loan (UFK) worth EUR 150 million to the state budget to overcome the consequences of the coronavirus infection COVID-19 and to support the Ukrainian economy, as well as for the support in solving the housing problem for internally displaced persons, Ukrainian citizens who were forced to leave their homes as a result of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation,” added the Deputy Prime Minister.
Let us recall, that on April 22, 2020, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved an agreement with the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany on cooperation in the framework of the project “Housing for internally displaced persons”.
According to the agreement, a total of EUR 25.5 million will be allocated for the implementation of the project “Housing for internally displaced persons”. The aim of the project is to provide housing for Ukrainian citizens who were forced to leave their homes as a result of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation.