Outcome of Zelensky, Čaputová Meeting
Forging closer ties between Ukraine and Slovakia were discussed
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President Volodymyr Zelensky stressed that Slovakia had been and remained a good friend, good neighbor and reliable partner of Ukraine.
“I am deeply moved that Madam Čaputová called the return of peace to Ukraine a personal goal. Ending the war and de-occupation of all Ukrainian territories is my primary mission. And we really count on your support, diplomatic and sanctions pressure of all our partners, including Slovakia,” Zelensky said during a meeting with media representatives following discussions with President of Slovakia Zuzana Čaputová.
Zelensky stressed that not only Ukraine needed that.
“This is what the whole of Europe needs, as it won’t feel safe as long as the Russian Federation ignores international law. We lay great hopes on the ongoing Slovak OSCE Chairmanship and on the further steps to make significant progress in this important issue,” Zelensky emphasized.
According to him, the first significant steps on the path to peace will be the complete and permanent ceasefire, the final separation of forces in the area of Stanytsia Luhanska, which must be duly verified by the OSCE.
“We expect that Slovakia will continue to raise the question of the full withdrawal of the occupying troops from Ukraine and the return of the temporarily occupied territories under our control in the OSCE,” Zelensky said.
For her part, Čaputová commended the situation in the area of Stanytsia Luhanska.
“The exchange of prisoners with the Russian Federation and the resumption of negotiations in the Normandy format are a very important signal that, through mediation, dialogue can make things better. Every solution to the conflict must be based on the principles of international law and take into account sovereignty and internationally recognized borders. This applies to Donbas and Crimea, Sevastopol. Therefore, according to the EU position, Slovakia supports the continuation of sanctions against Russia until the Minsk agreements are implemented and Ukraine has control over its territory,” she stressed.
Čaputová is convinced that each country can choose where to go and how to develop.
“Five years ago, Ukraine indicated that it wanted to belong to the Euro-Atlantic area and recognize our shared values. We need this decision to be respected,” she emphasized.
Čaputová also expressed regret that Ukrainians die defending peace and security of their country.
Ukraine also expressed interest in deepening cooperation with Slovakia on joint control over the state border and in the area of labor migration.
“We expect our Slovak partners to accelerate preparations for the signing of important bilateral agreements: on joint control at the Ukrainian-Slovak border and on the restoration of the full-fledged functioning of the Uzhhorod airport,” Zelensky said.
The parties also discussed an important topic of preparation of the bilateral Agreement on employment and cooperation in the field of labor migration, as stated by Zelensky.
“I have very good impressions of today’s talks with Madam President. Madam President has a European vision for the future, believes in the values of liberal democracy and is well aware that security and peace in Ukraine are security and peace in Europe,” Zelensky said.
For her part, Čaputová noted that Ukraine had made great progress in recent years.
“Mr. President informed me of his plans, and I am very pleased that his priorities include strengthening the rule of law and fighting corruption. We know from our experience that this is a long path,” Čaputová said.
She also said that she had invited Zelensky to make an official visit to Slovakia.
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