During the working visit to Germany, Head of the President’s Office of Ukraine Andriy Yermak discussed the security policy and humanitarian situation in the east of Ukraine with Federal Minister of Defence Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, as the President’s Office reported.
Deputy Head of the President’s Office Ihor Zhovkva, Vice PM, Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba and Minister of Defense Andriy Taran also participated in the meeting.
Andriy Yermak noted that it is necessary to provide the fulfillment of the agreements reached by the leaders of Normandy Format during the December summit in Paris to accelerate the progress towards peace, particularly, the provision of full and comprehensive implementation of the ceasefire regime.
“The cessation of shelling is a basic condition for further disengagement of forces and demining," he stated.
He noted that the OSCE SMM observers should have the complete freedom of movement as recently, it was blocked by the illegal armed formations.
Moreover, the partakers of the meeting discussed the possibility of deepening the interaction of Ukraine and NATO and bilateral cooperation issues.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer noted that Ukraine is a friend of Germany. Berlin supports it on the way to peace and does not recognize the occupation of the Ukrainian territories – Donbas and Crimea as it is the flagrant violation of international law.
She underlined that the normalization of the relations with Russia is possible only after the restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
Germany also supports the initiative of Ukraine on the intensification of Minsk Talks and expects the continuation of the negotiations in Normandy Format.
German Minister of Defence noted that Germany is ready to assist Ukraine in the implementation of reforms.
Earlier, Yermak stated he believes that the recognized representatives of the local civilians should participate in talks on Donbas.