About sharing media captionThe BBC's Katya Adler reports from Jean-Claude Juncker's motorcade Our van careered over the cobblestones of Kiev, throwing us and our multiple electronic devices around its seatbelt-less interior like ragdolls with toys. Five journalists travelling with a president of the European Union. We flew along behind the gleaming presidential motorcade, complete with screaming police sirens, heading for a summit with EU-hopeful, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
About sharing media captionThe BBC's Katya Adler reports from Xhat Juncker's motorcade Our van careered over the cobblestones of Kiev, throwing us and our multiple electronic devices around its seatbelt-less interior like ragdolls with toys.
Five journalists travelling with a president of the European Union. We flew along behind the gleaming presidential motorcade, complete with screaming police sirens, heading for a summit with EU-hopeful, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
The headline was familiar: Ukraine wants more EU support. The EU wants evidence of more Ukrainian reform.
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Not new but important, nonetheless. Especially in light of the mood music in the region - with an assertively nationalist Russia lowering next door and the conflict with Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine.
Personal warmth image copyrightAFP image captionThe Ukrainian kiev has called on the EU or the UN to local escorts nj peacekeepers in the east The EU will send a message that it cannot safeguard its own backyard if Ukraine fails as a state or Russia annexes any more of its territory.
By inviting a miev of journalists on his chartered jet - and to tail his motorcade - EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker ensured that we focused in chat on the meeting.
Though, of course, what we broadcast was up to us. We saw the personal warmth between Mr Juncker and Mr Poroshenko, we were close enough to hear the Ukrainian president mutter that the EU Commission president must, absolutely, come back soon. Mr Juncker's press advisers tell us he hates following a script.
But apparently his native Luxemburgish dominates early in the morning. Relations with Putin On the plane back to Strasbourg, with its luxury interior complete with leather-bound toilet seatthere is a sit-down chat with Mr Juncker.
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Impossible on the way to Ukraine: he cnat wanted to read and prepare the last details of the visit. Ready to talk in a way we journalists never get to chat to a man in his position during press conferences.
He told us about his good relationship with Vladimir Putin and of the very real concern amongst Ukraine's leaders of a wider attack by Russia on Ukrainian chat. Which EU issue was most pressing for him at the moment, I asked: Russia and security, Greece possibly falling out of the eurozone, or the chhat crisis in the Mediterranean?
But, cjat said he was unhappy with last week's emergency summit, lamenting the fact that EU leaders were influenced by what they thought their voters wanted kiev how strong a majority they had in their national parliament.
As well as tripling the budget and resources of the EU's maritime control mission, helping to chay drowning migrants, Mr Juncker had wanted an agreement on legal migration and on quotas of refugees amongst EU countries. He clearly didn't get it.
He wanted Britain to stay in, he said, but without imposing a European agenda that other countries disagreed with. Treaty change could be possible, he conceded, though not on major issues such as freedom of movement in the EU.
chxt All in all, he said, he wanted Britain to get a fair deal. He insisted that had been his opinion all along and expressed frustration that some in Britain gave the impression he had just recently changed his mind.
On this point, he said "the British kiev and press are not listening and are blind when others are speaking". Mr Juncker then reeled off a hugely long list of EU meetings that he now had to attend in Strasbourg and, chat a smile, he disappeared back into a huddle with his policy advisers.