Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba considers it necessary to restart the Eastern Partnership, a project created by the European Union to develop integration relations with the countries of the former Soviet Union. Kuleba expressed this opinion during a meeting of foreign ministers of EU member states and member states of the Eastern Partnership in Brussels, the press-service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reports.
"The Eastern Partnership needs a reboot to meet today's needs and challenges," Kuleba said.
In the context of Russia's aggravation of the security situation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, along the Ukrainian border and in the Black Sea region, the head of Ukrainian diplomacy called for strengthening cooperation within the framework of the Eastern Partnership.
Strengthening the sustainability of the Eastern Partnership, based on the principles of inclusivity and differentiation, expanded sectoral cooperation and the implementation of practical initiatives - this is Ukraine's strategic vision for the development of this project.
Kuleba is convinced that within the framework of the Eastern Partnership, its participants need to intensify trade, strengthen security, including energy, implement the European green course and integrate into the EU's digital and internal market.
The Eastern Partnership is a European Union foreign policy initiative that includes 28 EU member states and six EU Eastern European neighbors - Azerbaijan, Belarus, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
As it was reported, on June 28 Belarus stated that it leaves the EU initiative Eastern Partnership due to the unprecedented sanctions imposed by Brussels.
This happened after the European Union approved sectoral sanctions against Belarus over the forced landing of a Ryanair aircraft in Minsk.
It should be noted that after the incident where the founder of the largest opposition telegram channel of Belarus NEXTA, journalist Roman Protasevich, was detained in Minsk the US and a number of European countries urge to suspend flights over Belarus.