Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin during his stay in the Netherlands discussed the issue of the introduction of the UN peacekeeping mission in occupied territories of Donbas. This was reported by the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.
In particular, during negotiations with Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra, an agreement was reached to strengthen cooperation within the international organizations in order to counteract Russian aggression, including in the context of the non-permanent membership of the Netherlands in the UN Security Council in 2018.
"The ministers paid special attention to the issue of the introduction of the UN peacekeeping mission in occupied territories of Donbas. The Netherlands confirmed the invariability of the position on observing the sanctions regime against the Russian Federation until Russia fully implements the Minsk agreements," the Foreign Ministry said.
It is noted that the ministers positively assessed the first results of the implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU, which creates additional opportunities for the further development of trade and economic cooperation between Ukraine and the Netherlands. The parties also discussed prospects for further expansion of cooperation in the agrarian and IT sectors, in logistics, water management, waste management, energy efficiency.
The priority issue on the agenda, the Foreign Ministry noted, remains the prosecution of the perpetrators of the downing of MH17 aircraft within the framework of the Dutch legal system.
Following the meeting with the Vice Prime Minister, the Minister of Internal Affairs and the administration, the parties agreed to strengthen coordination in the issue of countering Russian propaganda and other hybrid challenges, which is especially relevant against the backdrop of recent cyber attacks on the banking infrastructure of the Netherlands.
In addition, the Netherlands will assist in improving management processes in Ukraine at the central and local levels using best practices and IT solutions.