EU official Borrell meets Georgian, Ukrainian, Moldovan FMs: EU should be proud partners want to join

  • Georgian, Ukrainian and Moldovan FMs have met with High Representative of the EU Josep Borrell Fontelles earlier today to further strengthen ties with the EU within the Eastern Partnership initiative format. Photo: Georgian Foreign Ministry press office., 24 Jun 2021 - 17:12, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Georgian, Ukrainian and Moldovan FMs have met with High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell Fontelles earlier today in Brussels on behalf of the Associated Trio format the countries created in May 2021 to strengthen cooperation for the EU integration. 

At a press conference Borrell said that the EU ‘should be proud that our partners want to move closer to us and even to join it.’

He stated that coming closer to the EU will require work from both sides. 

In each of your countries you know that there are key reform areas which require swift, thorough and sincere improvements. This year is important for Eastern Partnership initiative (EaP). Together with the  European Commission we are in the process of finalising the post 2020 agenda which contains concrete deliverables and targets,” Borrell said. 

He stated that the EaP summit will take place in December and ‘we will have an opportunity to set this new agenda into motion and to agree on a common vision for the future. I count on you, Georgia. Ukraine and Moldova, to play a constructive role in this.’ 

Georgian FM David Zalkaliani has stated that it was the first visit of the Associated Trio to Brussels and that the visit has confirmed that Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova are acting unanimously on their path to the EU. 

He stated that along with common goals, the three countries face the common challenge from Russia. 

Coping with the challenge is impossible without standing together and the involvement of the international community,” Zalkaliani said. 

He stated that the conflict in the region poses threats to the whole  European security. 

The Russia-Georgia conflict should be maintained as one of the key issues of the EU political agenda,” Zalkaliani said. 

He stated that the illegal detention of Georgian citizen Zaza Gakheladze and then his conviction in Georgia’s Russian-occupied Tskhinvali region ‘is yet another example that occupation forces even ignore humanitarian issues.’