President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a meeting with Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Belgium Didier Reynders, Luxembourg - Jean Asselborn, and the Netherlands - Bert Koenders.
The main attention was paid to the situation in Donbas and fulfillment of the Minsk agreements. In this context, the parties expressed deep concern over the increasing number of provocations against Ukrainian servicemen.
The Ministers reaffirmed support to the peace process. They noted the efforts of Ukrainian authorities that fulfill their obligations despite difficult situation on the touchline. In particular, the Ukrainian party has completed the withdrawal of tanks, artillery of caliber less than 100 mm and mortar launchers of caliber less than 120 mm.
“It is very important that we have a joint and consolidated position with the European Union on sanctions against Russia given the occupation of Donbas and Crimea,” Petro Poroshenko said.
The Foreign Ministers confirmed that Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands agree with the necessity of prolongation of sanctions against Russia until full implementation of the Minsk agreements. The Ministers noted that the EU didn’t forget about Ukraine and confirmed firm solidarity with the people of Ukraine in the issue of upholding Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The President of Ukraine and the Foreign Ministers discussed approaches to the global fight against terrorism in the view of recent terrorist attacks in Paris. They expressed common position that it is necessary to unite efforts of the international community for preventing and overcoming terrorist threat wherever it may come from. “In conditions of a severe terrorist threat after the tragedy in Paris and terrorist attacks in Mali, I would like to assure that we stand side-by-side with our partners in the struggle against terrorism,” the Ukrainian President emphasized.
The Head of State stressed that Ukraine remains faithful to the issue of searching the perpetrators of the MH-17 tragedy and establishing respective tribunal.
The parties discussed topical issues in the interaction between Ukraine and the EU. In this context, the President thanked the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium for the ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU, which has completed the process of ratification by the EU member-states.