(Brussels) “This is probably my last visit to Ukraine as head of the European Council. I am proud to have been able to cooperate with you in a spirit of common interests and values. I will remain your friend and ally no matter where the future may take me”, the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, said in Kiev today in the framework of his official visit to Ukraine. Mr Tusk met with Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman (pictured).
He later said at a press conference: “Over the years I have tried to support Ukraine in Europe and Europe in Ukraine. Your courage and determination have won the respect and recognition of many Europeans, and today there are more and more allies to the Ukrainian cause among them. In my eyes, you are all heroes”. Mr Tusk went on to mention the “Revolution” at “Maidan”, with people defending the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country, “building a modern state with democratic standards. Despite the poverty that still exists in many places, despite the suffering caused by the war, despite the difficult reforms – you have endured. The European Union should be proud and grateful to have such a partner”. “I have done my best to speed up the process of Ukraine’s integration with the rest of Europe. Not everything worked out; I was not always as successful as I wanted to be”. Mr Tusk also recalled that there are contrasting views in Brussels, sometimes even very sceptical, on Kiev. The Ukrainian people, he concluded, “will always be able to count on me”.