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EU-Ukraine summit: reforms and conflict in Ukraine on agenda

July 9, 2018

On 9 July, Brussels hosted the 20th summit between the EU and Ukraine, where leaders discussed the next steps in the implementation of the Association Agreement and the EU's support for Ukraine's ambitious reform agenda.

Following the summit, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, and Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine, issued a statement in which they reaffirmed the continuous commitment to strengthening the political association and economic integration of Ukraine with the EU.

The statement welcomed the substantial increase in bilateral trade flows and the effective implementation of the visa-free regime, “contributing to deepening relations between our societies”.

It also welcomed the results achieved in the implementation of the Association Agreement and took stock of the wide-ranging reform process undertaken by Ukraine. It further reiterated the “strong condemnation of the clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014”.

The EU and Ukraine’s leaders also said they “deplored the continuation of violence in certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and its heavy toll on the civilian population and its dire consequences for the human rights situation”.

The leaders also agreed on “the need to continue to address the socio-economic and humanitarian consequences of the conflict in an inclusive manner”.

The full text of the statement can be found here.

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Press release

20th EU-Ukraine summit joint statement - Brussels, 9 July 2018

EU-Ukraine relations factsheet

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