Wednesday, June 17, 2009

President meets Foreign Ministers of Germany, Poland

President Victor Yushchenko met German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski.

At the meeting sides have discussed European and Euro-Atlantic integration, participation of Ukraine in the Eastern Partnership project, energy cooperation, liberalization of visa regulations, etc.

President Yushchenko made positive remarks on the dynamics of development of relations between Ukraine and the EU. He expressed satisfaction with the course of negotiations on the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.

Discussing energy security sides emphasized the role of Ukraine in reducing energy dependence of the EU. President Yushchenko said that Ukraine is ready to offer maximum of its transit and other capabilities in order to reduce EU energy dependence upon external factors.
He also stressed that Ukraine is interested in implementing all the agreements set forth in the Joint Statement of March 23, 2009 signed after the international conference on the modernization the Ukrainian gas transport system.
President Yushchenko said that Ukraine considers strategic the Euro-Asian oil transport corridor, especially in the context of strengthening energy security of the European continent as a whole. Therefore Ukrainian government counts on support of this project from Germany, Poland and other European countries.

The President also briefly informed the Ministers on Ukrainian-Russian cooperation in gas trade.

During the meeting sides exchanged thoughts on political situation in Ukraine.