Kyiv, 10 February 2022 (TDI): President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain, José Manuel Albares who was on a state visit to Kyiv.

The head of the state paid special importance to the development of the security situation around Ukraine and also briefed the Spanish Foreign Minister on the initiatives being taken for the (Normandy Format) negotiations process format and the ways and means to intensify it in the region.

Normandy Format

As a matter of general expression, the Normandy Format involves four countries; Germany, Russia, Ukraine, and France. The representatives of these countries met informally during the 2014 D-day celebration in Normandy, France in an effort to resolve issues pertaining to the war in the Normandy contact group.

Ukraine is a partner within the eastern partnership and the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). The economic part of the Ukraine-European Union (EU) Association agreement was signed on the 27 June 2014 by the then-new President Petro Poroshenko on January first, 2016 where Ukraine joined the (DCFTA) for Deep and Comprehensive Free-trade Agreements.

Moreover, President Volodymyr Zelensky also emphasized the need to build the capacity so as to strengthen territorial integrity. He accentuated the importance of strengthening the ties on the way to Euro-Atlantic integration.

The Ukrainian President further laid emphasis on Spain’s support for integrating their membership in the European and Euro-Atlantic cooperation. The visit of the Spanish Foreign Minister is attributed to paramount importance with the prevalent situation.

Likewise, it is of great significance as it took place on the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Spain.