President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a meeting with Minister of Defence of Sweden Peter Hultqvist.
The parties noted the dynamic intensification of the dialogue between Ukraine and Sweden in the military-political sphere, in particular given Russia’s destabilizing role for the European security system. The Head of State informed in detail of the ongoing tense situation in the Donbas and militarization of the temporarily occupied Crimean peninsula.
They discussed greater involvement of Sweden as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in promoting the issue of deploying a UN peacekeeping mission in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, including the temporarily uncontrolled border area between Ukraine and Russia.
Having confirmed Ukraine’s commitment to the peace process, Petro Poroshenko underlined the necessity of “forcing” Russia to peace by increasing Ukraine’s defense potential, intensifying sanctions and diplomatic pressure on Moscow.
Petro Poroshenko stressed that Ukraine had gained an important victory on the energy frontline in Stockholm recently. Further actions of Gazprom once again confirmed that Moscow still considers gas an instrument of pressure for the achievement of geopolitical goals. This is the intention of Russia in implementing the Nord Stream 2, another political project. In this context, the parties coordinated further actions on countering the implementation of the given project, which is a common menace for the European energy security.
Petro Poroshenko has called on the EU countries not to recognize the voting results of the Russian presidential elections on the territory of the Ukrainian Crimea.
“Holding the elections on the territory of Crimea contradicts the Ukrainian legislation. It is illegal and brutally violates international law,” the President of Ukraine emphasized.
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