Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Viktor Yanukovych: Ukraine supports discussion of a new European security treaty within the framework of the OSCE

"Ukraine has always supported meaningful level of cooperation with the OSCE and attached importance to that", said the Head of State. The President has also backed up Kazakhstan's initiative to convene an OSCE summit, expressing willingness to work together on its agenda.

Viktor Yanukovych said: "We are ready to take active part in discussing the initiative of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev concerning the new European Security Treaty, supported by a number of European countries. We believe that the OSCE is the most suitable forum for such discussions.

We also think that it is extremely important to reflect in this document security guarantees for the states that voluntarily renounced nuclear weapons as well as the states that, like Ukraine, are not members of any military-political blocs. Another important point is the fundamental right of the states to choose their own means of ensuring national interests and security".

Speaking about bilateral relations between Ukraine and Kazakhstan, Viktor Yanukovych stressed that they have always been friendly.

However, the President noted, great potential of trade and economic cooperation between the two countries is not fully used. Reduction of the bilateral turnover confirms this fact. According to Viktor Yanukovych, these and other issues will be discussed at the IX Session of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission.

The President particularly emphasized the importance of developing energy and airspace cooperation between Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

From his part Kanat Saudabayev thanked Viktor Yanukovych for today's meeting and said that Kazakhstan has always appreciated strategic partnership relations with Ukraine.