Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Ihor Zhovkva held a meeting with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Jaroslav Kurfürst.
The Czech delegation also included representatives of the parliament, in particular Chairman of the Security Committee Pavel Žáček, and the Ministry of Defense.
Zhovkva expressed his gratitude to the Czech government for the constant political support of Ukraine, as well as for the significant practical assistance to our country, which is provided by the Czech partners to overcome the consequences of Russian military aggression.
“Ukraine is immensely grateful to our Czech partners for providing weapons as defense against the occupiers, because this is exactly the help we need most now,” he said.
The deputy head of the President’s Office briefed the counterparts on the current security situation in Ukraine, in particular on the threats that arose due to enemy shelling of the occupied Zaporizhia NPP.
The discussion was focused on the interaction of the parties in the context of the Czech presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of the current year. Zhovkva and Kurfürst coordinated positions on high-level events planned by the Czech presidency in support of Ukraine’s European integration movement.
“We are determined to ensure the great progress in implementation of the recommendations of the European Commission. We expect that our fruitful interaction with the Czech presidency will contribute to the start of the negotiation process regarding the EU membership of Ukraine,” Zhovkva said.
The parties also discussed in detail the prospects for the Czech Republic’s participation in the large-scale reconstruction project of Ukraine, in particular through the patronage of one of the regions of our country and the implementation of specific reconstruction projects.
Particular attention was paid to the preparation for the online summit of the leaders of the Crimea platform, which is designed to enshrine the issue of the deoccupation of Crimea in the international agenda, as well as to confirm the world’s position regarding the obligation to observe the principles of international law.
“We expect that the Czech Republic will be represented at the summit at the highest possible level,” the deputy head of the Office of the President of Ukraine said.