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Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, met today with the President of Ukraine, Volodimyr Zelenskyy, during his first visit abroad since taking office.
The High Representative congratulated President Zelenskyy on his election victory and underlined that the European Union continues to stand by Ukraine, supporting the country on its reform agenda and with respect to its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The High Representative and the President discussed the possible way forward with the full implementation of the Minsk agreements by all sides, while recalling the responsibility of Russia in this regard. They rejected the recent Russian decrees entitling, inter alia, people who permanently reside in certain areas of Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as residents of the Crimean peninsula before 2014, to apply for Russian citizenship in a simplified manner.
Federica Mogherini stressed that the European Union is ready to support the Minsk implementation with all available means. This can include the EU's help in support of President Zelenskyy's stated objective for an inclusive approach towards the Ukrainian citizens living in the non-government controlled areas in eastern Ukraine.
High Representative Mogherini also confirmed the EU's socio-economic support to the Azov Sea region where the additional EU-supported actions are expected this summer. The European Union continues to expect that Russia will immediately release the 24 detained Ukrainian servicemen and return to Ukraine's custody the three vessels.
The High Representative and the President also touched upon the need for Ukraine to continue with its reform process, for the benefit of its citizens and in the context of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, the most comprehensive agreement that the EU has with another country.
They look forward to continue the discussions and common work at the next EU-Ukraine Summit which will take place on 8 July in Kyiv.