Sunday, June 3, 2007

Portuguese Secretary of State for European Affairs believes during Portugal's presidency in EU relations with Ukraine be stepped up

Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Andriy Veselovsky during his working visit to Portugal met with the Portuguese Foreign Ministry's Secretary of State for European Affairs Manuel Lobo Antunes and discussed the modern state of affairs and perspectives of development of Ukraine's relations with the EU in the context of Portugal's future presidency in the EU (since July 1). Manuel Lobo Antunes stated his conviction that the Portuguese presidency would foster Ukraine-EU relations and the side of Portugal has already started preparing a Ukraine-EU Summit, which, as he believes, will result fruitfully.

In his turn, Mr Veselovsky stressed on the inviolability of foreign political priorities of Ukraine, particularly, deepening relations with the EU and drafting a new enhanced agreement between Ukraine and the EU. On the request of the Portuguese official the Ukrainian diplomat briefed him about the internal political situation in Ukraine.