Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak has held a meeting with a delegation of Members of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The parties discussed the situation on the front and in the temporarily occupied areas of Ukraine, and the importance of increasing sanctions pressure on Russia.
The relevant statement was made by the Office of the President of Ukraine, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
The delegation consisted of the representatives of four political forces: the Conservative Party (Robert Seely and Jonathan Djanogly), the Labour Party (Fleur Anderson, Liam Byrne and Stephen Doughty), Liberal Democrats (Richard Foord) and the Scottish National Party (Stuart McDonald).
In the course of the meeting, Yermak briefed the delegation on the situation at the front and the course of events. In his words, the security support from partners played an important role in the recent successes of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, along with the commitment of Ukrainian defenders.
“The United Kingdom is our key ally. We highly appreciate all the help you provide to Ukraine in our struggle for freedom and democracy,” Yermak said, noting the importance of further intensified support.
In addition, the parties discussed the situation in the temporarily occupied areas of Ukraine and the extremely important issue of the release of Ukrainian prisoners of war. In this regard, the Ukrainian side is counting on increased pressure on the aggressor state on the part of the international community.
Yermak informed the partners about the work that is being done to develop a mechanism for new security guarantees for Ukraine, without which stable peace in Europe and the world in general is impossible. The Head of the President’s Office noted the importance of the key role of the United Kingdom in the future mechanism.
The issue of coordinating the foreign policy activities of Kyiv and London in certain regions, namely Latin America, was also raised.
“We will be grateful for support from the United Kingdom in strengthening and expanding the anti-war coalition,” Yermak said.
At the meeting, attention was paid to the importance of strengthening macro-financial assistance, which should be facilitated by the intensification of joint efforts with international financial institutions.
Additionally, Yermak emphasized the importance of increasing sanctions pressure on the aggressor state, as well as recognizing Russia as a terrorist state, and said: “Russia behaves like a terrorist, it is a terrorist and should be officially recognized so.”
Yermak expressed his sincere condolences over the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“We share your loss and grieve together with the people of the UK,” Yermak added.
At the end of the meeting, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky met with Members of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Among other things, the important role of the Ukrainian President’s address to the British Parliament, which took place in early March 2022, was noted.
Photo: Office of the President of Ukraine