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Political Relations
11 February 2021 17:00

Ukrainian-Danish relations in the political sphere are stable and predictable. Both countries share fundamental values that are a source of personal and political freedom and the rule of law. Accordingly, political relations between Ukraine and Denmark have an inherent high level of mutual understanding and interaction.

The Constitution of Ukraine enshrines the irreversibility of Ukraine’s strategic course towards acquiring full membership in the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Denmark recognizes Ukraine’s European aspirations and welcomes its European choice, including its commitment to building a deep and sustainable democracy and a market economy. Denmark has actively lobbied for establishing of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area between Ukraine and the EU and has consistently supported the introduction of a visa-free travel regime to the EU for Ukrainian citizens.

Ukraine is advancing the reform process and adapting legislation, which promotes gradual economic integration and deepening political association with the European Union. Denmark is committed to supporting these reforms, which are helping to transform Ukraine into a modern European state, since Denmark recognizes that democracy, the rule of law, fundamental freedoms and a well-functioning market economy are prerequisites for EU membership.

Copenhagen is in solidarity with Kyiv in its fight against the armed intervention of the Russian Federation. Denmark strongly condemns the illegal annexation of Crimea and the aggression in the east of Ukraine, as well as the generally aggressive policy of Russia aimed at undermining the European security architecture and democratic principles. Denmark strongly supports the EU’s restrictive measures against Russia adopted in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and its actions to destabilize Ukraine.

Copenhagen actively contributed to the decision by the North Atlantic Council to grant Ukraine “Enhanced Opportunities Partner” status. Denmark supports defence agencies of Ukraine with the aim of improving the defence capabilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, reforming and introduction of NATO standards in the training of Ukrainian military personnel.

The Ukrainian and Danish authorities are developing a close dialogue in many sectors, primarily in the energy sector, opening the door for Danish solutions, knowledge and skills to come to Ukraine. Active political interaction between the two states creates preconditions for the development of bilateral economic cooperation, which has been steadily growing in recent years.

Ukraine and Denmark join efforts in finding answers to global international challenges. They build bilateral cooperation, which promotes mutual interests, and try to jointly influence international development in the right way. In particular, both countries are determined to contribute to the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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