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EU-Ukraine: summit in Kiev. Conflict with Russia and illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol on the agenda

(Brussels) The 21st EU-Ukraine bilateral summit takes place in Kiev today. It is the first summit since the new president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, took office on 20 May 2019. Mr Zelenskyy, whose first visit as President was to Brussels, welcomed European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker; the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk; High Representative Federica Mogherini; and Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy Johannes Hahn. The summit will be an opportunity to discuss Ukraine’s progress in its reform path, which the EU has supported since 2014, and for which €15 billion have already been mobilised; “the next steps in the implementation of the association agreement, including the Free Trade Area”; as well as the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the implementation of the Minsk agreement, the consequences of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, and regional and foreign policy issues. The EU is expected to announce “further tangible support”, including in relation to decentralization, fighting corruption, the energy sector, and civil society.

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