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EU Commission President congratulates Zelensky on victory in presidential race

Source : 112 Ukraine

Jean-Claude Juncker noted that the EU would continue to support Ukraine's reform path and sovereignty of Ukraine
16:48, 22 April 2019

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President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker congratulated Volodymyr Zelensky with the victory in the presidential race and promised him support from the EU as Juncker reported on Twitter.


“Congratulations to Volodymyr Zelensky on his election as President of Ukraine. The people of Ukraine have demonstrated their strong attachment to democracy and the Rule of Law throughout the electoral process. The EU will continue to support Ukraine’s reform path and sovereignty,” he wrote.

Juncker also attached the letter, in which President of the European Council Donald Tusk joined the ‘congratulations.

“On the behalf of the European Union, we would like to congratulate you on your elections as President of Ukraine. Allow us to express our appreciation for the strong attachment to democracy and the rule of the law that the people of Ukraine have demonstrated throughout the electoral process,” the message said.

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Tusk and Juncker noted that “much remains to be accomplished to fully realize the peaceful, democratic and prosperous Ukraine that its citizens have called for.”

“As President of Ukraine, you can count on the EU's strong support to Ukraine's reform path, including consolidating the rule of law, fighting corruption, maintaining macro-financial stability and pursuing the essential reform of the energy sector. We strongly believe the further implementation by the EU and Ukraine of the Association Agreement, including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, can be a crucial instrument in this respect. You can also count on the EU's continued and steadfast support of Ukraine's sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity,” the letter says.

The authors of the letter added that “look forward to meeting you at the earliest mutually agreed date.”

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According to the National exit poll, Volodymyr Zelensky has 73,2%, while Petro Poroshenko got 25,3%.

The second round of the elections of the President of Ukraine kicked off in Ukraine on April 21, at 8 a.m. Ukraine’s polling stations opened as scheduled across the country with some minor delays, which were quickly addressed. The voting traditionally lasted for 12 hours; the polls closed at 8 p.m.

Earlier Petro Poroshenko commented on the results of the exit polls and congratulated Zelensky on victory in the second tour of the elections.

 

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