President: Formation of a powerful "external frontline" of Ukraine is the task of each of our diplomat
Countering the aggressor, ensuring sovereignty and restoration of territorial integrity of Ukraine is the highest priority of the work of Ukrainian diplomacy. This was emphasized by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during the speech at the Forum "Ukraine 30. International Policy" in Kyiv.
The Head of State noted that in the modern world, the tension and number of conflicts increases at the global and regional levels, and individual states impose approaches to international relations, which as a result violates the global law.
"Our main goal is to counteract this in the context of our own national interests. And our key national interest is peace. Not somewhere, but peace on our land. This is my main goal as the President of Ukraine," said Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
According to him, countering the aggressor, ensuring sovereignty and restoration of territorial integrity of Ukraine is the highest priority of the work of Ukrainian diplomacy.
"The illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation and the war in Donbas is a challenge for all, for the entire democratic world. Formation of a powerful "external frontline" of our state is the task of each diplomat. From the attache to the ambassador. A personal task for the Minister of Foreign Affairs. And my task as well," the President emphasized, adding that he uses every contact with foreign colleagues to form support for our state by powerful world leaders.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy also emphasized that the deoccupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol remains among the most important foreign policy priorities.
"The transformation of Crimea into the military base on the Black Sea completely destroys security architecture in the region. Countering this requires our activity and consolidation of efforts of the international community," said the Head of State.
The President reminded that in order to increase international pressure on Russia to deoccupy Crimea and protect the rights of all Crimeans, Ukraine initiated the establishment of the Crimean Platform, the first summit of which will take place on August 23.
He also noted that he pays special attention to countering new security challenges in the Black Sea Region, cooperation between fleets of the Black Sea states. According to him, Ukraine will continue to demonstrate proactivity here, because only the strengthening of our leadership positions in the Black Sea Region will help maintain peace, safety and freedom of navigation.
The Head of State stressed: we see unconditional solidarity of the world with Ukraine aimed to restore territorial integrity and counter aggressive actions of the Russian Federation.
"The unambiguous strong signals were included in the statements of the G7 Summit and the United States - EU Summit. It is worth noting the decision of the recent NATO-2021 Summit, which confirmed that Ukraine will be a member of the Alliance. I always say that EU and NATO projects will not be completed without Ukraine. The acquisition of full membership of Ukraine in the EU and NATO is a fundamental strategic priority of Ukraine's foreign policy," said Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
He told that according to recent studies, more than 60% of citizens support Ukraine's accession to the EU and a convincing majority supports accesion to NATO.
"For us, this is a guarantee of welfare and security. Security is a priority. And a guarantee of welfare. Our state and the Ukrainian people, I believe, have already done enough to get from partners a clear confirmation of when and how Ukraine will be a member of the EU and a member of the Alliance," the President summed up.
All available mechanisms of international organizations - the UN, Council of Europe, the OSCE, etc. - should be used to consolidate the international support of Ukraine. It envisages the agenda important for us, the broad support for our initiatives and the personnel presence of Ukrainians in organizations.