Čaputová in Ukraine: Every country can freely choose where it wants to belong

The Slovak president appreciated the reform efforts in the country.

Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová visited Ukraine on September 16, meeting with her counterpart Volodymyr ZelenskySlovak President Zuzana Čaputová visited Ukraine on September 16, meeting with her counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky (Source: President's Office/TASR)

President Zuzana Čaputová has visited the last of Slovakia’s neighbours since being appointed to the post: Ukraine.

During the meeting with her Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky on September 16 in Kyiv, she expressed support for the country’s pro-reform efforts. She also appreciated Zelensky's priorities, which include strengthening the rule of law, justice, judiciary and the fight against corruption, as well as his constructive approach and efforts for a meaningful dialogue concerning the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

“I’m deeply convinced that every country can freely choose where it wants to belong and how it will develop,” the president said, as quoted by the SITA newswire, adding that Ukraine demonstrated five years ago that it wants to belong to the Euro-Atlantic space. “It’s necessary to respect this decision.”

Meeting with the prime minister and laying wreaths

Čaputová also cares about good and close relationships between the two countries. In her opinion, the success of Ukraine will depend on how successful it will be with the reforms.

At the same time, she invited Zelensky to Slovakia.

Apart from the president, Čaputová met with Ukrainian PM Oleksiy Honcharuk, discussing topics like the fight against corruption, smuggling at the Slovak-Ukrainian borders and reforms.

Before the meeting, the Slovak president attended the wreath-laying ceremony to the grave of an unknown soldier in Kiev and paid tribute to the victims of famine in Ukraine, the TASR newswire wrote.

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