Ihor Zhovkva congratulates the foreign affairs adviser to the Prime Minister of North Macedonia on the start of negotiations on the country’s accession to the EU

Deputy Head of Cabinet of the President of Ukraine Ihor Zhovkva had an online conversation with the Foreign Affairs Advisor to the Prime Minister of North Macedonia Edmond Ademi.

Ihor Zhovkva congratulated the Macedonian side on the start of the negotiation process on joining the European Union and wished them rapid progress on this path.

“Ukraine is sincerely grateful for the strong support given to our European integration progress by all branches of the government of the Republic of North Macedonia,” he added. said the deputy head of the president’s office.

The interlocutors confirmed their mutual will to actively exchange the experience acquired with the aim of a faster rapprochement with the European community.

Ihor Zhovkva updated Edmond Ademi on the current development of the security situation in Ukraine and thanked for the constant support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of our state, which the political leaders of North Macedonia have clearly demonstrated since the beginning of Russia’s armed aggression. The parties condemned the acts of terrorism that the Russian Federation continues to commit on the territory of Ukraine.

In this context, the importance of strengthening the role of international organizations, in particular the United Nations, in preventing acts of terrorism in our country was noted. The Deputy Head of the President’s Office wished the Republic of North Macedonia a successful Chairmanship of the OSCE in 2023 and expressed hope for a speedy return of the organization to the protection of its founding principles and to the assertion of the spirit of Helsinki.

Ihor Zhovkva stressed that for the success of the resistance it is important that we receive heavy weapons from foreign partners as soon as possible.

“Ukraine highly appreciates the position of North Macedonia regarding the significant capacity building of our armed forces”, he said.

The Deputy Chief of the President’s Cabinet also thanked the Macedonian side for fully adhering to the sanctions against Russia introduced by the European Union and for canceling the visa-free regime for citizens of the aggressor country.

“Only the constant joint pressure of all partners of Ukraine will limit the appetites of the Russian Federation and its continuation of military operations on the territory of our country,” he added. Ihor Zhovkva is convinced of this.

Preparations for the online summit of the Crimea platform were discussed separately.

“We hope that North Macedonia will be represented at the summit at the highest possible level,” said the deputy head of the cabinet of the president of Ukraine.

He also stressed that the aggressor should hear a clear condemnation of his actions on the territory of the temporarily occupied Ukrainian peninsula, and this step will help keep the Crimea issue on the international agenda and confirm the position of the world on the importance of returning to observance and respect for the principles of international law.

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