Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanishyna met Bulgarian Prime Minister Stefan Yanev in Sofia.
“At the start of the meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European and Euro-Atlantic integration insisted on the importance of intensifying the dialogue between Ukraine and Bulgaria at a high political level”, informs the portal of the government.
Prime Minister Stefan Yanev reaffirmed Bulgaria’s readiness and interest in strengthening bilateral contacts. He underlined Bulgaria’s support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine, the European perspective and the efforts of the Ukrainian government to continue the reforms.
The main topics of the meeting were: Ukraine’s European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations, the NATO summit on June 14, security in the Black Sea region and bilateral relations. Ukraine made concrete proposals for deepening regional cooperation to enhance security in the Black Sea region and called on its partners to consider them.
Stefanishyna also underlined the importance of taking into account the interests of the partners when discussing the future Alliance and clearly reaffirming the prospects for Ukraine and Georgia to join NATO.
As indicated, the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European and Euro-Atlantic integration expressed the hope of support for the construction of Euro-Atlantic unity around the strengthening of the integration of Ukraine, which will be the best response to security threats in the region, as well as a powerful impetus to historic transformations within Ukraine.
“During the conversation, particular emphasis was placed on the security situation caused by the Russian aggression, in particular on the eastern border of Ukraine, where a large number of equipment and troops of the Federation are concentrated. from Russia. Olha Stefanishyna spoke about systemic transformations in the security and defense sector aimed at strengthening Ukraine’s defense capabilities. At the same time, Ukraine’s commitment to a political and diplomatic settlement of the conflict was underlined, ”the statement read.