In the course of his two-day official visit to Germany, President Petro Poroshenko has held a meeting with Federal President of Germany Joachim Gauck in Berlin.
On the porch of the official residence, the Presidents have walked by the line of warriors of the Honor Guard. The orchestra has performed the anthems of Ukraine and Germany. The Head of State has left a note in the Book of Honored Guests.
In the course of the meeting, the President has informed his German colleague on the situation in Donbas and emphasized the need for liberating all the hostages, including director Oleh Sentsov and Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko. The President has drawn the attention of his German colleague to the persecution of the Ukrainian church in the occupied territories. The parties have agreed with the necessity of prolonging and broadening sanctions against Russia.
The interlocutors have discussed the prospects of further development of the Ukrainian-German relations. The Head of State has expressed gratitude for the decision of Germany to provide the assistance to Ukraine in the amount of EUR 500 million. Particularly, 200 million of that sum is macro-economic assistance.
The President has mentioned the assistance of the German party in the treatment of militaries wounded in the ATO area and a significant support from the Ukrainian community in Germany.
In the course of the conversation, key attention has been drawn to the priorities of Ukraine on the way of European and Euro-Atlantic integration. The President has informed that Ukraine was expecting the adoption of the decision on the visa-free regime with the EU during the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga.
Petro Poroshenko has invited his colleague to visit Ukraine at his convenience.
The President of Germany has already been to Ukraine on the occasion of President Poroshenko's inauguration. The Heads of State have also met at the Summit of the Visegrad Group in November 2014. Also, Joachim Gauck participated in the March of Dignity in Kyiv on February 22.