President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky held a telephone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron. During the call, the heads of state discussed the situation in both countries due to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the situation in Donbas and the reforms carried out in Ukraine. The press service of the President’s Office reported that.
"Ukraine is making its contribution to the fight against the pandemic. As part of the NATO strategic transportation program, the Ukrainian cargo planes Mriya and Ruslan are involved in the delivery of humanitarian and medical assistance around the world, including to France," Zelensky said.
The heads of state agreed on the need for close coordination of efforts to overcome the consequences of the pandemic and to restore economic activity. Volodymyr Zelensky also informed Emmanuel Macron about the course of negotiations with the International Monetary Fund about the launch of a new cooperation program with Ukraine.
“The law on banks is a priority for us. I’m sure that will vote for it because it is important for us and it opens up opportunities for cooperation with the IMF,” the President of Ukraine emphasized.
Emmanuel Macron praised the progress in implementing reforms in Ukraine, and also noted the importance of further EU macro-financial support for Ukraine. He expressed hope for a quick decision at the EU level to provide Ukraine with macro-financial assistance of 1.2 billion Euros to overcome the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Special attention was paid to the situation in eastern Ukraine and the implementation of the agreements reached during the Paris Summit in the Norman format. The French president also congratulated Volodymyr Zelensky on the release of the detainees on April 16.
The parties noted mutual interest in restoring the dynamics of bilateral cooperation after the normalization of the epidemic situation. Volodymyr Zelensky also reminded Emmanuel Macron of his invitation to visit Ukraine.
“I know that you wanted to visit Ukraine. I will be glad to welcome you as soon as the coronavirus epidemic ends and as soon as this visit becomes possible,” the President of Ukraine said.
Emmanuel Macron confirmed his intention to visit Ukraine.
As we reported before, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky met with representatives of the State Emergencies Ministry of Ukraine, who took part in extinguishing a large-scale forest fire in the Chornobyl exclusion zone. He handed 22 state awards to the rescuers.