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Ukraine-EU Summit: cooperation in fighting disinformation and continuation of sanctions against Russia

Ukraine-EU Summit: cooperation in fighting disinformation and continuation of sanctions against Russia

The 23rd Ukraine-EU Summit took place in Kyiv on the 12th October. The participants included top officials of the European Union, namely Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, and Charles Michel, the President of the European Council.

iDemocracy informs so with the reference to the Presidential Office. After the Summit a joint statement was released. It provides that Ukraine and the EU have signed three documents, namely the Common Aviation Area Agreement, the Agreements on Ukraine’s association to Horizon Europe, Euratom Research and Training programmes, and the Agreement on Ukraine’s association to Creative Europe programme.

The joint statement pays special attention to cooperation in the spheres of cyber security and countering disinformation.

«We acknowledged the importance of further strengthening cooperation in countering hybrid threats and tackling disinformation. The EU will continue to support Ukraine’s resilience, including through the strengthening of independent media and the regulatory environment, as well as sharing best practices on media freedom and literacy, strategic communications and supporting Ukrainian initiatives to tackle disinformation»,
the statement reads.

In addition, the EU has confirmed the continuation of its sanctions policy toward Russia, «whose duration remains clearly linked to the full implementation of the Minsk agreements».

iDemocracy expert Viktor Skarshevsky has previously shared his thoughts about the EU sanction policy in his blog «EU sanctions are painful for Russia, but do not change its behavior».

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