During his visit to Davos, President Petro Poroshenko gave an interview to Western media and said that the meeting of Foreign Ministers in the Normandy Format was about to begin. Poroshenko stressed on the need for closure of the Ukrainian-Russian border and immediate withdrawal of Russian troops from the Ukrainian territory, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the press service of the Presidential Administration.
"The next step should be the political dialogue, for there is the only possible way in a democratic country to achieve stabilization – free, fair and legal local elections under the Ukrainian legislation," the President said.
The head of state emphasized that it is important for the whole world to demonstrate unity and solidarity with Ukraine. "It is the war not only for the Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, but also for freedom and democracy on the entire European continent. Today, it is the issue of global security," he said.
Speaking about the recovery of the Ukrainian economy against the backdrop of the war in the East of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko said, "We are completely sure that we will achieve progress in the economic reforms, create an absolutely new investment climate, establish an independent court and demonstrate significant progress in the struggle against corruption. Ukraine is a unique country for investments, I am sure of that. The only obstacle for our success is war and that is why we have to stop it."
The President also stressed the importance of intensifying cooperation with the IMF and other partners, which will promote reforms implementation in Ukraine.
It is to be recalled that earlier, in an interview Petro Poroshenko said that 2,000 Russian soldiers had entered Ukraine.