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Poroshenko compliments Merkel and asks for ‘hand of support of Germany’

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko thanked German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the constant and firm support Germany provides Ukraine with in these difficult times.

Petro Poroshenko said that Ukraine considered Germany not only as a reliable partner in bilateral relations, but also as the leader of the European Union, which showed unique unity and solidarity with Ukraine, Joinfo.ua reports referring to the press service of the Head of State.

"A great merit in this unity and solidarity belongs to the German Chancellor. Thank you for that," said the President.

"Today, more than ever, Ukraine needs a hand of support of German people in the issue of economy, the issue of humanitarian aid, where the German Government actively helps us accommodate IDPs, the restoration of infrastructure in Donbas and the issue of overcoming the economic crisis caused by war," said Poroshenko.

The Head of State pointed out that Germany had played a crucial role in supporting European aspirations of Ukraine through the ratification of the Association Agreement. "The pace with which the European countries ratify the Association Agreement demonstrates unconditional support that Ukraine enjoys in the EU today," said the President, and noted that more than 18 countries had already ratified the agreement.

Earlier, Merkel expressed the hope that her talks with Russian President Putin to help the integrity of Ukraine.