President of the European Parliament David Sassoli has announced his readiness to visit Ukraine. He said this at a press conference in Brussels on Thursday. Speaking about the presentation of the Sakharov Prize to Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov, Sassoli said that at present Sentsov “has health problems.” “He has been invited to come to Brussels or Strasbourg to receive it. We will be extremely happy to see him if he is able to travel. Today, in the conference of presidents I said I am going to visit Ukraine myself,” the EP president said. Oleh Sentsov, together with 34 Ukrainians, arrived in Kyiv on September 7 as a result of the mutual release of detainees between Ukraine and Russia.
President of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Aleksander Ceferin has come to Kyiv on a two-day visit, the Ukrainian Association of Football (UAF) reports. “Today, on September 4, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has arrived in Kyiv on a two-day visit. The president of the UAF, member of the UEFA Executive Committee Andriy Pavelko met the distinguished guest, whom he personally invited to visit Ukraine,” the UAF press service reported.
It is noted that the visit of the UEFA President is very eventful and important for Ukrainian football.
Ceferin visits Ukraine for the third time in the status of UEFA President. The last time he stayed in Kyiv was during the UEFA Men’s and Women’s Champions League finals in May 2018.
German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel has congratulated Oleksiy Honcharuk on his appointment as Prime Minister of Ukraine, expressed interest in developing Ukrainian-German relations and invited the head of the Ukrainian government to visit Berlin in the nearest time.
“I would be very glad to welcome you soon in Berlin,” the text of Merkel’s letter to Honcharuk, published on the German government’s website on Tuesday, says.
According to her, the German Federal Government will remain a reliable partner for Ukraine and the Ukrainian government in carrying out key reforms in the field of justice, decentralization and the fight against corruption.
“Germany wants to work together in close dialogue with Ukraine on many of the challenges Ukraine faces. The goal remains in that Ukraine can shape its own future with sovereignty and full territorial integrity. Germany is also interested in further deepening bilateral economic relations. We look forward to working with you in this area,” the letter says.
Assistant to the U.S. President for National Security Affairs John Bolton has announced his visit to Kyiv without indicating specific dates.
“The president had productive meetings in Biarritz at the G7. I’m looking forward to my upcoming meetings with our partners in Kyiv. We support President Zelensky’s reform efforts and vision to create a stronger and more prosperous Ukraine,” he said on Twitter.
On Friday, August 16, at 11.00 the press center of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency will host a press conference “Corruption Scandal in Uman: Will Netanyahu’s Visit Help Bring to Reason Bribe Takers” with the participation of the founder and head of the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce (New York) Duvi Honig (8/5a Reitarska Street). Registration of journalists requires press accreditation. Additional information by phone: +38 067 862 5997.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Kyiv on August 18-20 to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, The Times of Israel said. According to the publication, Netanyahu is set to fly to Ukraine for a two-day visit less than a month before the elections to the 22nd Knesset. In Kyiv, Netanyahu will meet with Zelensky and visit the Babi Yar (Babyn Yar) Holocaust Memorial Center.
As reported, Netanyahu in April congratulated Zelensky over the phone on his victory in the presidential elections in Ukraine.
On January 21, Ukraine and Israel signed an agreement on a free trade area (FTA), according to which Israel abolishes about 80% of import duties for Ukrainian industrial goods and more than 9% for agricultural goods. At the same time, Ukraine abolishes about 70% of import duties for Israeli industrial products and more than 6% for agricultural goods.
At that time, Netanyahu welcomed the “strong” Israeli-Ukrainian relations. “These ties have deep historical and cultural roots,” he said.
On July 11, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine ratified an international free trade agreement between Ukraine and Israel.
On August 7, Zelensky signed bill No. 0223 on ratification of the FTA agreement into law.