EU-Ukraine summit, 8 July 2019

Publication Date 08/07/2019


The 21st summit between Ukraine and the European Union (EU) was held on 8 July 2019.

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At the summit, leaders from both sides reaffirmed the strength of the bilateral political and economic ties and discussed both the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and the the way ahead for bilateral relations. The EU reaffirmed the full support to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and the implementation of the Minsk agreements. Leaders urged Russia to release the captured Ukrainian sailors and to ensure hindered and free passage to and from the Azov Sea. In this context, the EU decided to step up its support to the Azov Sea region with measures worth €10 million.

The EU and Ukraine also condemned Russian measures entitling Ukrainian citizens of the areas currently not under the control of the government to apply for Russian citizenship in a simplified manner.

In the margins of the summit, the European Commission adopted a package of measures to further support Ukraine's reform process.

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Euronews, 08/07/2019: 'Ukraine can count on EU,' bloc's leaders tell new president Zelensky
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EUObserver, 09/07/2019: EU condemns 'Russian aggression' in east Ukraine

European Commission: Press Release, 08/07/2019: EU-Ukraine Summit: moving forward together in solidarity
EU-Ukraine Statement, 8 July 2019
European Commission: Press Release, 08/07/2019: EU-Ukraine Summit: EU steps up its support to the Sea of Azov region
European Commission: Press Release, 08/07/2019: EU-Ukraine Summit: EU provides additional support to decentralisation, fight against corruption, empowerment of civil society and accountable and efficient governance in Ukraine
European Commission: Remarks by President Juncker at the joint press conference with President Tusk and Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, following the EU-Ukraine Summit on 8 July 2019
European Council: Remarks by President Donald Tusk after the EU-Ukraine summit in Kyiv, 8 July 2019

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Tension between Russia and Ukraine over the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov

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