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 "We have no intention to abandon European integration course," - Poroshenko at annual meeting with foreign ambassadors

President Petro Poroshenko addressed foreign ambassadors accredited in Ukraine at the Annual Christmas and New Year meeting.

Censor.NET reports citing the press office of the president.

"I totally disagree with pessimistic and somewhat panic moods concerning the future of the EU suggested by Russian propagandists to Europeans. The European project has much larger margin of safety than it is imagined in the Kremlin," Petro Poroshenko said delivering speech at the annual meeting with foreign ambassadors accredited in Ukraine.

According to the president, values that form the basis of the EU and its institutional capabilities far outweigh those phobias used to intimidate Europeans.

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"Ukraine sometimes believes in the European project and values more than in the united Europe itself. And no matter how much someone wants that, we have no intention to abandon the European integration course," the head of state said.

"It is obvious that 2017 must become the year of response to system challenges. We all bear responsibility for the future of the world and Europe," Petro Poroshenko said.

The head of state noted that the risk of spoiling the achievements of postwar cooperation and rolling back to the past by the entire decades is high as never before. This takes place always when respect to one's principles, values and international law is lost.

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The president emphasized that the issue of common ability to realize and protect values and interests had become topical as never before. "We must remember that respect to international law had become the engine of democratic modernization, economic prosperity and precondition of peace in Europe and the world," he said.

"We must remember that commitment to the common values has become the basis of success of the European project. And that we, Ukrainians, will never renounce our land or trade our freedom," the president said.

The head of state emphasizes that all our achievements will be under threat - and not only in Ukraine - until at least one meter of our territory is under Russian occupation.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n423549