Zelenskyi: Ukraine seeks to renew the trade part of the Association Agreement with the EU
President Volodymyr Zelenskyi emphasizes that Ukraine's course towards the European Union is even more relevant today than before.
He stated this during a video conference with members of the European Parliament.
The President reminded that the next EU-Ukraine Summit is expected in a week and expressed a hope that it would be successful.
Volodymyr Zelenskyi sets forth: "Given the challenges that exist today, the steady course to Europe, the European Union is even more relevant for Ukraine than before."
He spoke about Ukraine's initiative to create an international platform to improve coordination and cooperation, to stand against the security threats posed by the Russian occupation of Crimea, and to promote the protection of the Crimeans' rights.
"Apart from the economy and money, geopolitical support is important to us. Some things we want to pay attention to is our proposal for the Crimean platform. We want to create a forum, where we'd like to discuss the most crucial humanitarian issues, assistance to all Ukrainians, both Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians imprisoned in Crimea, and held in Russia. It would mean the release of these citizens, and Crimea de-occupation," the President said.
Also, according to Zelenskyi, Ukraine seeks to discuss expanding access to the EU internal market, to agree on the renewal of the trade part of the Association Agreement, "industrial visa-free access", etc.
"We see how Ukrainian business redirects to European countries. It's great, so we want to talk about expansion. We want to have the opportunity for economic growth in our country," the President stressed.
Besides that, the participants of the video conference discussed constructing a memorial complex-museum, as the working group of the European Parliament "Memory for the Future" seeks to achieve EU funding for the pilot project "Voices: Holocaust Testimony from Ukraine".