Germany and the United Kingdom continue to support Ukraine in achieving peace in its territory and carrying out internal reforms.
This is stated in the Joint Declaration by the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany.
“Standing fully behind Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, we strongly support the Normandy format and the continuation of the Minsk process discussions in order to achieve peace and stability in the region. We underline the need for implementing ambitious reforms in order to strengthen Ukraine’s institutions. Together, we support Ukraine’s challenging reform agenda,” reads the declaration.
The officials also reaffirmed their shared commitment to security, stability, prosperity, democracy, and the rule of law in Eastern Europe and the Southern Caucasus.
As for Russia, the ministers stressed that it was “continuing to pose a challenge to European security we will strengthen our and our partners’ resilience against Russia’s destabilising behaviour.” “We will show firmness in our principles to uphold international law or international commitments and the principles of the rules-based security order in Europe against any violations. We will address malign behaviour by Russia, working closely with other Euro-Atlantic partners to protect national security interests,” reads the document. At the same time, the diplomats expressed their commitment to conducting constructive dialogue with Russia through appropriate channels in order to make clear expectations and to discuss ideas for concrete solutions on issues of common interest.
The declaration was signed by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in online mode.