Prime Minister Edi Rama, in the framework of the chairmanship of the OSCE presidency, held a telephone conversation with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy to find a solution to the crisis in the eastern state.
The President thanked the Albanian Presidency of the OSCE for giving priority to the issue of restoring Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within the work of the Organization, according to a statement on the official website of the Ukrainian presidency.
The interlocutors discussed the security situation in Donbas and important aspects of the negotiation process.
The president drew attention to violations of agreements by illegal armed groups, including the bombing of Ukrainian positions on September 6th and 10th.
“Yesterday, during my telephone conversation with Chancellor Angela Merkel, the militants opened fire on Ukrainian positions near the village of Shumy, in the area where the JCCC and OSCE meeting would take place. We do not want a new escalation. On September 6, as a result of provocation by illegal armed groups, we lost a member of the Armed Forces who was killed and one was wounded,” the Ukrainian presidency quoted Zelensky.
For his part, Rama supported the efforts of the Ukrainian party to achieve peace in the region and assured the readiness of the Albanian Presidency to contribute to the restoration of peace. He noted that the steps taken by the Ukrainian President and the Ukrainian people towards peace are very courageous. He also stressed that he regrets the lack of mutual movement of the opposite side in this regard. The Prime Minister of Albania noted that the OSCE is an impartial, but not indifferent organization.
In this context, the interlocutors stressed the importance of ensuring the full and unhindered entry of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission throughout the uncontrolled territory.
At the end of the conversation, Prime Minister Rama invited the President of Ukraine to visit Albania.