Deputy Head of the President’s Office of Ukraine Ihor Zhovkva held a meeting with Managing Director for Russia, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia, Regional Cooperation and the OSCE at the European External Action Service Michael Siebert, and Deputy Director-General of the Directorate for European Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations of the European Commission Katarína Mathernová as the President’s Office reported.
The parties agreed to intensify efforts to prepare for the 23rd Ukraine-EU Summit planned for October 12, 2021, in Kyiv. An algorithm for further action was agreed in the context of providing Ukraine with the second tranche of macro-financial assistance in the amount of 600 million euros, as well as the start of negotiations on the revision of tariffs and quotas within the deep and comprehensive free trade area.
Zhovkva and European diplomats expressed common expectations on the end of all technical procedures necessary for the signing of the Common Aviation Area Agreement for the Ukraine-EU Summit within a month. The readiness to move to the second stage of the work of the preliminary assessment mission as regards preparation for the Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products (ACAA) already in the summer was noted.
On June 7, it was noted that NATO will keep supporting Ukraine in its struggle against Russian aggression, and it will contribute to the country's defense capability.
Besides, the U.S. Department of State believes that Ukraine has the opportunity to become a NATO member, and the administration of President Joe Biden is doing everything to keep the door of the alliance open.