First visit of Brexit ideologist: Boris Johnson in Ukraine
Head of the UK Ministry of Foreign Affairs visited our country for the first time
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On Wednesday, September 14, Foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Foreign Minister of France Jacques Hérault and - for the first time after Brexit - ambiguously perceived British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson arrived in Ukraine.
And if Ukraine had contacts for a long time with the other diplomats, the relationships with Johnson are just at the beginning. An interest in his visit was heated by his own controversial statements, particularly about Ukraine.
In Kyiv Boris Johnson said that "Ukraine is one of the priorities in his activities and not coincidentally, our country became one of the first, which he visited in a new post."
At a briefing after the meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin, Johnson said that Britain stands for the preservation of the earlier imposed by European Union sanctions against the Russian Federation.
"Regarding the EU sanctions. I think that you can say anything about the EU, but one of the key issues and important topic right now is that we have to continue the sanctions, and this is what I would like to emphasize to the President Poroshenko, and Pavlo ( Klimkin, - ed.) today ", - said Johnson.
Also the head of the British Foreign Office said that his country sees its prime duty the preservation of the sanctions against the Russian Federation and will work together with the EU in this area.
During the meeting with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko Boris Johnson said: "Ukraine is a victim of an unacceptable aggression. We are 100% resolute in putting pressure on Russia." - British Foreign Minister said, speaking about the position of the British government.
However, he reiterated that Britain "fully intends to support sanctions against the aggressor", which is the Russian Federation.
Speaking about the settlement of the situation in the East of Ukraine, Johnson supported the implementation of the Minsk agreements as a way of resolving the situation.
"The work in this direction continues, it is difficult, and we talked about this with Mr. Poroshenko, we discussed this with my colleagues from Germany and France", - said Johnson.
British Foreign Secretary noted that the movement in this direction is slow, but all parties must do their utmost to ensure security in the east of Ukraine.
"Because the further progress in the Minsk process is impossible without security. Everyone must do their job ", - He said.
The minister also said that progress in the peace process in Donbas depends mainly on the Kremlin.
Johnson also promised that Britain will contribute to a number of Ukrainian reforms.
"We will contribute to the reform of the tax system, a few of our prominent experts, including tax lawyers, will work in Ukraine", - he said.
Also, Johnson noted that he and his colleagues discussed with Ukrainian government the reform of the judiciary and ensuring transparency, incorruptibility of parliament, fighting corruption.
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