On August 18-19, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had phone consultations with President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso.
Petro Poroshenko informed José Manuel Barroso on the development of the situation in the Donbas and continuing provocations of the Russian Federation aimed at escalation of the security situation in the region. He informed that terrorists had shelled the convoy of civilians leaving Luhansk under white flags.
The President of the European Commission condemned that terrible crime and called for immediate objective investigation into the tragedy. He emphasized the necessity of ensuring the protection of civilians. The Ukrainian President assured of the beginning of the investigation and bringing the perpetrators to liability.
The President of the European Commission supported the initiative of the Ukrainian President on inviting the EU to take part in the high level meeting. On August 26, in Minsk, meeting in the format Ukraine – EU – "Eurasian trio" (Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia) will take place. The participants will discuss the issues related to the implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU, energy security and stabilization of the situation in the Donbas. Petro Poroshenko expressed gratitude to Jose Manuel Barroso for the readiness to send three members of the European Commission simultaneously (High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, Vice President of the European Commission - European Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger and European Commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht). Such an unprecedented step proves solidarity and support of the European Union to Ukraine, the President noted.
The parties also discussed the issue of providing the third wave of macro-financial assistance to Ukraine by the EU.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko accepted the invitation of President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso to make a working visit to Brussels on August 30.