Senior official discusses recent steps towards Ukraine’s European integration with Italian lawmakers

Ihor Zhovkva, Deputy Head of Office of the President of Ukraine, met Ugo Cappellacci, Chairman of the Group for Interparliamentary Relations with Ukraine in the Italian Parliament, and Matteo Perego di Cremnago, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, to discuss recent steps of European integration of Ukraine.

This was reported by the official website of the Head of State, seen by Ukrinform.

“Ukraine quickly did its part to gain EU candidate status, and now the ball is in the EU’s court,” Zhovkva said.

The parties agreed that the unanimous position of EU Member States on granting Ukraine the status of a candidate nation for membership of the European Union in June 2022 would be an important symbolic and political step in recognizing European perspectives of the Ukrainian people.

Zhovkva thanked the leaders of the Italian Republic, the parliamentarians and the entire Italian people for their clear and unequivocal support for Ukraine in the wake of Russia’s armed aggression, supported not only by political statements but also through concrete actions, including substantial aid.

“We appreciate all the care and support Italy has given to Ukrainian citizens who were forced to flee their homes following the aggressor’s invasion,” he added.

Ugo Cappellacci reaffirmed Italy’s continued support for the Ukrainians in the defense of their country and of European democracy in general. The parliamentary delegation was very impressed by the terrible consequences of the war on the city of Bucha, which the parliamentarians visited during their trip.

Zhovkva informed his interlocutors of President Zelensky’s initiative to visit the Ukrainian cities and regions concerned. In this regard, it was noted that the Italian government was considering the possibility of joining the effort to rebuild Ukraine.

The deputy head of the president’s office expressed his hope that Italy clearly supports the EU’s sixth sanctions package, mainly on the oil embargo and the disconnection of all Russian banks from SWIFT.

The parliamentarians said that Italy continues to actively seek and establish alternative means of supplying the country with energy in order to strengthen its energy independence.

As Ukrinform reported, on February 24, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Photo: www.president.gov.ua

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