Ukraine-European Union Relations


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks at the first session of Ukraine’s parliament, on Aug. 29, 2019.

Photo by Oleg Petrasiuk

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has discussed the importance of negotiations on a new agreement between Ukraine and the United Kingdom, which will guide relations after Brexit, with British Ambassador in Ukraine Melinda Simmons.

The press service of the president reported that on Wednesday after accepting credentials Zelensky thanked the United Kingdom for help in conducting reforms and strengthening Ukraine’s defense during the conversation with the ambassador.

High intensity of political dialogue was noted, in particular at the level of leaders of the two countries.

“The importance of continuing negotiations on a new agreement between Ukraine and the United Kingdom, which will determine the political and economic relations between the two countries after the United Kingdom leaves the EU, was also discussed,” the press service said.

In turn, according to the British Embassy in Ukraine, Ambassador Simmons said that she is looking forward to welcoming Zelensky to the U.K. later this year to discuss Ukraine’s progress and consider how the U.K. can support the Ukrainian president further in his ambitious program for the development of Ukraine.

She said that The United Kingdom remains Ukraine’s steadfast friend and partner on your path of reforms, as well as in your efforts to defend your sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.



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