We have 30 billion cubic meters of gas in our storages and we can offer some of it to our European partners in order to replace Russian fuels in this unstable market.”
This was stated today in Brussels by Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmygal. He participated in the eighth meeting of the EU-Ukraine Association Council.
For the first time, Kyiv participated with the status of a candidate member. The previous meeting of the Council was in February, shortly before the start of the Russian invasion, recalled the EU’s high representative for foreign policy, Josep Borrell.
“Vladimir Putin wants to destroy and colonize Ukraine, but instead he has brought it closer to the EU. This makes our response stronger and the building of a modern, modern and democratic Ukraine as an integral part of the European family. Putin could not believe that after 6 months the situation would be like this”pointed out Europe’s No. 1 diplomat.
The EU’s first objective is to help Ukraine end the war as quickly as possible. But this must happen not at any cost, but with respect for the country’s sovereignty. After which she must be helped to win peace.
It is necessary for Russia to end hostilities and immediately withdraw from the entire territory of Ukraine, including its internationally recognized borders, Borel was categorical.
“This includes Russia’s actions at the Zaporizhia NPP. The latest news we have received about the situation there is increasingly alarming. This is a nuclear gamble that must stop. This is a nuclear gamble involving playing with fire, which is yet another example of Russia’s irresponsible behavior, contempt for international law and basic principles of nuclear safety.”the High Representative pointed out.
Earlier today, the European Commission and Ukraine signed 4 sectoral agreements to further strengthen cooperation.
• 1. New budget support program worth 500 million euros. The money is part of the aid promised by EC President Ursula von der Leyen at a donor conference for Ukraine held in May in Warsaw. The amount is free of charge and will help with the housing and education of displaced people and returnees, as well as the agricultural sector;
• 2. Association of Ukraine to the “Digital Europe” program, whose budget is 7.5 billion euros. Thus, Kyiv will be able to apply for funding and support of projects in key areas such as supercomputers, artificial intelligence, advanced digital skills;
• 3. Participation of Ukraine in the “Customs” program. Thus, from October 1, the country will be able to participate in two of the most important transit systems of the EU, including the one to facilitate the transit of goods;
• 4. Participation in the “Fiscalis” program for cooperation in taxation.
EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Farhei recommended that Ukraine continue to focus on fulfilling 7 key criteria needed to start membership negotiations. The most basic of these are the strengthening of the rule of law, the fight against corruption and money laundering, and the protection of the rights of national minorities.
And Borel recalled that in order to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Kyiv must also sign the Rome Statute. This issue is of particular importance given the desire of both the West and Ukraine to bring those responsible for war crimes in the country to justice.