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President Kaljulaid to Poroshenko: Ukraine must demonstrate specific steps taken to implement reforms

President Kersti Kaljulaid, who is in Ukraine on a work visit, met today with her Ukrainian colleague, Petro Poroshenko. The situation in East Ukraine and reforms implemented by Ukraine, particularly in fighting corruption and improving the business environment, were the main issues discussed by the heads of state.

“In Estonia we observe very closely the efforts made by Ukraine to become a more European and open society. Ukraine must take specific steps to show that the changes are, in fact, working. It is neither us nor the European Union that needs these steps; these steps are necessary for Ukraine and its people. The establishment of a court of corruption is one of these steps and we hope that it will become a success in its operations. However, protection of the interests of foreign investors is still weak in Ukraine and this slows down development of the Ukrainian economy,” stated President Kaljulaid after her meeting with President Poroshenko.

When discussing the situation in East Ukraine, it was stated that there were no changes to speak of since earlier this spring and the visit paid by President Kaljulaid to the front. “We will help to keep the war in East Ukraine and the Russia-supported annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in focus internationally. Europe must not become worn down, give up its principles and return to normal relations with the aggressor,” said the President of the Republic.

The President of the Republic is on a work visit to Ukraine today and tomorrow. Apart from President Poroshenko, the President also met today with representatives of the opposition, Julia Tymoshenko and Viacheslav Vakarchuk, and opened the Kiev office of creative centre LIFT99 from Estonia, where she also met with representatives of the most successful Ukrainian start-up companies. In the evening, President Kaljulaid will take part in the Yalta European Strategy (YES) conference to discuss digital society with Tony Blair, and Ukrainian rule of law and combating anti-corruption at a panel moderated by Carl Bildt.

Tomorrow the Head of State will take part in the World Cleanup Day cleaning efforts in Dnipro, meet with the leaders of the town and visit the Anti-Terrorist Operation Museum and Elmer Messer Gas Factory, which is based on Estonian investments.