"As federal foreign minister, you have become a true friend of Ukraine. This is a reliable basis for a further development of friendly relations between our nations during your new presidential tenure," Poroshenko noted.
He underscored Germany's leading role in the process of restoration of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The parties discussed recent escalation of Russian aggression in the Donbas. Special attention was paid to the aggravation of humanitarian situation in the area of Avdiivka, where Russian militants repeatedly shell civilian facilities and impede access to the Donetsk filtration station, jeopardizing water supply for the entire region.
Poroshenko is hopeful that the so-called Crimean sanctions against Russia will be extended in March.
The parties praised progress made by the European Council, European Commission and European Parliament regarding visa-free travel for Ukrainians and expressed hope for the soonest adoption of a positive decision.
Petro Poroshenko invited Frank-Walter Steinmeier to visit Ukraine in the near future.