Ukraine continues cooperation with the International Monetary Fund and will remain its partner. Information to this effect has been disclosed by the press service of President Zelensky referring to the results of the meeting the head of the State held with IMF mission head Ron van Roden on May 29. Volodymyr Zelensky was quoted as saying, “Our cooperation continues. The International Monetary Fund proves to be a trusted partner at any time when we need its support. As for our country, it will also remain a partner that always honors its commitments”.
At a press conference that followed the meeting of the President with the IMF officials, Oleksandr Danylyuk, the recently-appointed Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, made it clear that the team of President Zelensky was not going even to consider the question of announcing defalt in Ukraine. “It’s absolutely clear that a failure to fulfill one’s debt obligations is a road to nowhere”, said Danylyuk.
In referring to the presidential decision to return Ukrainian citizenship to the ex-President of Georgia Saakashvili, Oleksandr Danylyuk had this to say, “The main thing is that the law has been broken. The manner in which Mikheil has been treated is not the way Ukraine should behave in relation to her citizens. That’s why justice has been restored in this particular case”. Thus, in July 2017 the then President Petro Poroshenko issued a decree stripping Saakashvili of his Ukrainian citizenship.
Meanwhile President Zelensky has made his first working trip to the Luhansk Region where he has inspected the frontline positions of Ukrainian Armed Forces. As the presidential press service reports, he showed interest in conditions of soldiers’ everyday life, how well they are fed and armed, as well as he visited the frontline positions and heard the report of the Joint Forces Operation command.
On Tuesday May 28, Mr. Thomas Mayr-Harting, Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia of the European External Action Service, informed that it was quite possible that next week Volodymyr Zelensky would visit Brussels. The Ukrainian mass media claim that his visit to the EU Headquarters will become the first official foreign visit of the newly-elected president.