Tuesday, April 8, 2008

President Yushchenko meets with President Sarkozy

President Victor Yushchenko met today in Bucharest with the President of France Nicolas Sarkozy.

At his press availability following the talks with the French President, President Yushchenko said: “I am assured that France remains a firm partner for Ukraine in a question of Euro-Atlantic integration”.

Answering a question of journalists whether convincing France to alter its position on Ukraine was a success, President said: “I want to put this strait and unambiguously: France is our friend and partner when we are speaking about Ukraine gaining MAP and Ukraine’s future membership in NATO”. He also reminded that this is not the first time the subject of Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine has been raised during his meeting with President Sarkozy. “We gave many arguments, including those political and security which are crucial not only for Ukraine, but for Europe too”.

“It was very important today to demonstrate existence of a fundamental principle of opened doors in the Alliance”, - he said.