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Minister Flanagan in Ukraine for series of political meetings

European Union, Ireland, Minister Charles Flanagan, Press Releases, Europe, Ireland, 2015

 

“The conflict in Ukraine is the most significant crisis in Europe since the end of the Cold War” – Minister Flanagan

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, is in Kiev today (Thursday) to meet senior figures in the Ukrainian leadership including his counterpart, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin for discussions on the challenges facing Ukraine, including the conflict in the east of the country.

Minister Flanagan is visiting Ukraine at the invitation of the Ukrainian government. He stated:

“The conflict in Ukraine is the most significant crisis in Europe since the end of the Cold War. The current situation in eastern Ukraine remains a matter of deep concern to us all and is the subject of regular political discussion, in particular at the monthly meetings of the EU Foreign Affairs Council.

“I am in Kiev for consultations with senior Ukrainian politicians and to express Ireland’s solidarity with the government and people of Ukraine in these difficult and challenging times.

“I will get a first-hand account of the scale of the challenges facing the country from the Ukrainian leadership, as well as the opportunities which they see for the future”.

The Minister will also receive an update on the implementation of the Government’s programme of political and economic reforms, regarded as key to Ukraine’s future prosperity

“We recognise Ukraine’s strong commitment to an ambitious and difficult reform programme. It is important to acknowledge the steps that have been taken to date under very challenging circumstances and I look forward to hearing of the further measures that the government is preparing to implement,” Minister Flanagan said.

“We remain committed to supporting the people and government of Ukraine in their pursuit of a more democratic future”.

In his meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, Minister Flanagan will discuss relations with the EU and bilateral issues. He will also meet Kiev-based Irish personnel working with the EU Advisory Mission and the European Commission Humanitarian and Civil Protection Office.

ENDS

Press Office

15 July 2015