According to Hahn, the EU stands firmly on the side of Ukraine, especially in regard to resolving the conflict in the Donbas and in Crimea, Joinfo.ua reports.
"Today, I am here in Ukraine to once again emphasize – the EU firmly stands in support of Ukraine and we reiterate our position, especially regarding the necessity of solving the conflict in Donbas and Crimea. And the decision made on the eve of the following EU Summit regarding the prolongation of sanctions for the next 6 months and combination of those sanctions with the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements demonstrated clear position of the EU on the necessity of supporting Ukraine in the conflicts of Donbas and Crimea," the commissioner said.
He also stressed that the EU intended to support Ukraine not only morally, but also financially. "I am very glad that Parliament has ratified the third package of macro-financial assistance to Ukraine, and I'm sure that the first tranche of the current MFA program will be disbursed in the nearest time," Hahn said.
In addition, the commissioner said that Russia had successfully influenced public opinion in some countries in Europe. "We are extremely interested in strategic communications, because we have a proof that Russia's influence on public opinion in some countries in Europe is effective. We are not on an equal footing, since the choice is part of our values," he said.
The commissioner intends to visit Kharkiv to learn about the conditions the immigrants live in.
It should be recalled that today, on June 18, the Verkhovna Rada supported the draft law on the ratification of the memorandum of understanding and agreement between Ukraine and the EU to provide macro-financial assistance in the amount of 1 billion 800 million euro.