President Petro Poroshenko is convinced that with the holding of fair and open elections, Ukraine has confidently passed the exam of democracy witnessed by more than two thousand international observers.
“The fact that Ukraine confidently passed the exam of democracy is also very important. 2344 foreign observers are the record number of international observers invited to the first round of presidential elections. They evaluated these elections as free, ensuring the free expression of will of the citizens and fully complying with the standards of the OSCE, the most democratic in the history of Ukraine,” the Head of State said during a meeting with media representatives following the negotiations with the Chancellor of Germany.
Angela Merkel said that her country had always valued the courage of the Ukrainian people and their support of democracy, “they were ready to go along this difficult path and embody these democratic changes that are a difficult process”.
“We often talked about it – how difficult it all happens. The process of creating institutions that will fight corruption, promote transparency. And, of course, Ukraine has done a lot, but this is not the end of the path,” she emphasized.
The German Chancellor commented on the first round of elections: “In the eyes of the OSCE, these elections have been fair and transparent. This is a huge step on the track of reforms”. At the same time, she drew attention to “certain criticism expressed by the OSCE”. “And it must be taken seriously, especially on the eve of the second round and parliamentary elections scheduled for autumn,” Angela Merkel said.
“And, of course, we wish an honest and open election in the second round – the one that concerns the presidential election,” she added.
The German Chancellor also stressed once again that Germany had always supported Ukraine on the path to the European Union, both financially and on the difficult path of transformation.