Dear ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,
I am pleased to welcome you at our reception on the occasion of the Independence Day of Ukraine, which we mark on 24 August.
This year celebration takes place after presidential and parliamentarian elections, in result of which we have a new Head of State, new Parliament and new Government.
The President was elected with a huge support of population and his party after receiving majority in the parliament was able to form the government without coalition.
After the election period the practical work has started.
And our first task remains to stop Russian aggression against Ukraine.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky expressed his strong willingness to end the war in Donbas as soon as possible.
But we all understand that it depends first of all on willingness and readiness of Russia to stop its aggression.
We are ready to go forward to restore our territorial integrity and peace, but without unacceptable compromises.
In previous period we managed to prevent further escalation of Russian aggression thanks to our Army, Volunteers and dedication of our People.
But also thanks to the wide international support.
I woukd like to use this opportunity to express my gratitude to all our partnerts for being with us and supporting us.
And we need your further support to stop aggression.
It is our priority number 1.
At the same time, we will make our best efforts to speed up reforms and make Ukraine really attractive for foreign investments and business.
Head of Government Oleksiy Honcharuk stated that we have ambitious goal to achieve 40% increase of our DGP in the next 5 years and turn Ukraine's economy into really flexible and fast developing.
As Ukraine's Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko emphasized we will base our foreign policy on the unchangeable political values and principles, but make it more pragmatic and result oriented from the economic point of view.
We will continue our course towards the European and Euro-Atlantic integration, enshrined in our Constitution.
We will use sensible, creative, but principled approach to upgrade good relations with our neighbors.
In this regard we count on positive development of the Ukrainian-Hungarian relations as well.
We will continue our way forward, way of changes and chances.
Let's take these chances together.
We count on you in restoring territorial integrity and peace and we count on you in using economic opportunities!