Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said at a meeting with European Commissioner for the Euro and Social Dialogue Valdis Dombrovskis and EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Johannes Hahn in Kiev on Friday that it is important to maintain sanctions against Russia until Ukraine’s territorial integrity has been restored.


“Petro Poroshenko welcomed the EU Council’s September 15 decision to prolong individual sanctions for six months and urged the EU to keep comprehensive sanction pressure on Russia until the restoration of territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea,” the presidential press service said.


Poroshenko also urged the EU to accelerate decision-making on the introduction of visa-free travel for Ukraine and speed up the completion of Ukraine-EU Association Agreement ratification.