High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell was scheduled to begin his first visit to Ukraine on Sunday 15 March. However, due to the COVID-19 outbreak and measures taken to contain it, he had to postpone this visit. His intention remains to visit Ukraine at the earliest possible date.
High Representative Josep Borrell held a phone call with the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba to inform him about this decision and to discuss issues of mutual interest. He stressed that Ukraine remains a priority partner for the European Union.
The EU will continue to strongly support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as its reform efforts. The EU welcomes the steps taken by the Ukrainian leadership in the resolution of the conflict in the east of the country and around Crimea. In view of the upcoming sixth anniversary of the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula, the EU reaffirms that it does not recognise the illegal annexation Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia.