"I come from Estonia, and I understand well the true meaning of independence, liberation from the imperial net. This means that the people leave the negative experience behind, restore their identity and the right to decide their fate. According to Taras Shevchenko, "there is truth, strength and will in your house." The Ukrainian people know better what is best for them," Matti Maasikas noted.
He assured that from the first days of independence, the EU stood side by side with Ukraine and its people.
Matti Maasikas noted that Ukraine has overcome numerous difficulties during its 30 years of independence, and the illegal annexation of Crimea and the war in the east of the country still remain an extraordinary challenge.
"The European choice and European aspirations of Ukraine are fully recognized by the European Union. We support the strategic tasks and foreign policy priorities of Ukraine ... We share common commitments to strengthen political association and economic integration," Matti Maasikas said.
According to him, now Ukraine has become one of the priority partners of the EU and one of the largest recipients of financial assistance.
As you know, August 24 is a national holiday of independence in Ukraine. On this day, in 1991, the country declared its independence from the USSR.