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Ukraine presidential elections 2019: Foreign Secretary's statement

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt congratulates the next President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, on his election success.

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Following presidential elections in Ukraine, the Foreign Secretary congratulated Volodymyr Zelenskiy on his success.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:

I would like to send my warmest congratulations to Volodymyr Zelenskiy on his election as the next President of Ukraine and express my gratitude to President Petro Poroshenko for his service to Ukraine and his efforts to find peace and drive reform.

I also congratulate Ukraine for holding peaceful and competitive presidential elections, which underline Ukraine’s continuing commitment to democracy and the Euro-Atlantic path that its people have chosen.

The UK has a vital interest in supporting Ukraine. Not only does it stand on the front-line of Russia’s challenge to the rules-based international system, its stability is essential for Europe’s security. We look forward to working with President-elect Zelenskiy and to continuing the UK’s strong support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. This includes our growing cooperation on defence and security, as well as our shared commitment to delivering the economic and political reforms which are vital to Ukraine’s resilience and future prosperity. The July Ukraine Reform Conference in Toronto represents an excellent opportunity to assess progress and demonstrate commitment to these crucial efforts.

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Published 23 April 2019