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 Poroshenko met with NB8 delegation on working visit to Ukraine

Petro Poroshenko informed speakers of Parliaments of Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on the situation in the Donbas.

Censor.NET reports citing the press office of the president.

Petro Poroshenko emphasized that Russia and Russian-backed militants keep ignoring the obligations under the Minsk agreements. The head of state stressed on the necessity of prolongation of sanctions to stop the aggression.

"Only coordination of our actions, only concentrated pressure and sanctions can have an influence on Russia. It is important to have a transparent mechanism of sanctions, for it is not the issue that we want to punish someone or achieve some economic goals. It is a motivation for Russia to stop the aggression," the President said noting the importance of stabilization of the situation and deployment of international presence in Donbas.

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Petro Poroshenko also drew attention to the liberation of hostages illegally detained in Russia: Nadiya Savchenko, Oleh Sentsov etc. He stressed that Nadiya Savchenko had been unreasonably imprisoned in Russia for more than year and a half, being Ukrainian MP and PACE delegate from Ukraine.

The parties paid significant attention to de-occupation of Crimea. The head of state informed on the cooperation with the Council of Europe and the establishment of a new commission that will visit places where Russia violates the rights of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars.

The president thanked the parliamentary leaders for their firm position of support for Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty.

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The speakers noted the effort of Ukraine on the comprehensive plan of reforms. Supporting Ukraine is a priority for the NB-8, they said.

The NB-8 representatives also welcomed the approval in the first reading of the constitutional amendments on the judicial system by the Ukrainian Parliament.

Latvian representative noted that her country chairs the NB-8 in 2016 and wants to provide increased support for Ukraine. She also said that Latvia understands all the economic challenges in the implementation of reforms in Ukraine and reminded that last Friday "the Latvian Parliament made a statement that Latvia doesn't support the Nord Stream II".
 
 
 
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