High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in Brussels on Tuesday. The meeting was an opportunity to discuss the security situation along Ukraine’s eastern border and in the illegally annexed Crimea in view of continued Russian military movements and build-up.
High Representative Borrell underlined the EU’s firm and decisive support for Ukraine in front of any further aggression against its territorial integrity and sovereignty.
High Representative Borrell informed on the close coordination of the EU with key international partners on the matter and emphasised the EU’s ongoing work to assist Ukraine in strengthening its resilience.
He also recalled the need for Ukraine to work on the opportunities that the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement has to offer, in particular in the area of justice and the rule of law, in order to strengthen Ukraine’s overall capacity to deal with internal and external challenges. They agreed to hold the next EU-Ukraine Association Council in March next year.
During their meeting High Representative Borrell and Prime Minister Schmyhal also discussed the preparations of the Eastern Partnership Summit, which will take place on 15 December in Brussels.