Prime Minister of
Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman held a meeting with President of the Parliamentary
Assembly of the Council of Europe Pedro Agramunt on
Friday, May 13. The parties discussed the progress of reforms in Ukraine and
the situation with the human rights violations in Donbas and Crimea.
Groysman noted that the newly formed Government had embarked on action and was
eager to launch the large-scale reform process. The Government structure had
been added with a position of Vice Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic
integration of Ukraine, to which Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze was appointed, and a post of Minister
of the Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons in
Ukraine. "This proves the priorities the Government has set. I believe we
will achieve progress in this direction," he stressed.
The Prime Minister emphasized that the Government is striving
to root out corruption. Also the Cabinet of Ministers focuses on struggle against
institutional weakness, further power decentralization, reforming judicial and
economic spheres, public privatization, as well as fulfilment of international
obligations of Ukraine, in particular in the framework of the Cooperation
Program with the IMF and the Association Agreement with the European Union.
The Prime Minister informed that Prosecutor General of
Ukraine had been recently appointed. "I anchor hopes that a lot will
change for the better," he said.
Volodymyr Groysman also informed his interlocutor about the
situation in Donbas and in Crimea and consistent human rights abuses by the
aggressor, in particular against the Crimean Tatars. "In this direction we
should generate action to settle the problem", he stressed.
The Head of Government stressed the need to extend sanctions
against the Russian Federation. "Lifting of sanctions is only possible when
the aggressor withdraws from the Ukrainian territory and fulfils all necessary
obligations under the Minsk agreements, and also returns the territory of
Crimea it seized having waged the war", said Volodymyr Groysman.
The Prime Minister
thanked the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
Pedro Agramunt for the consistent support of Ukraine.
"The success of Ukraine is the best response to the aggressor and the best
signal for our international partners," emphasized Volodymyr
PACE President assured of willingness of the Parliamentary Assembly of the
Council of Europe to provide all necessary support to Ukraine on its way
towards peace and prosperity. The PACE is closely monitoring the developments with
Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko
detained in Russia.
Pedro Agramunt noted that the
Assembly was preparing a number of reports on the situation in Ukraine, in
particular regarding the legal aspects of the situation with Ukrainian citizens
in the occupied territories, the humanitarian consequences, and concerning the
fight against corruption. In this context, he noted that the PACE welcomed the
steps of Ukraine aimed at overcoming corruption.