"Swiss humanitarian and technical assistance aims at
strengthening the Ukrainian State, maintaining steady progress in
democratization and reforming the country", the Head of the Federal
Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland Didier Burkhalter
said during negotiations on June 7 with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of
Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin.
Minister Pavlo Klimkin thanked Didier Burkhalter
for his personal efforts to implement Swiss humanitarian projects for citizens
of Ukraine who find themselves in difficult position resulting from Russian
aggression in Donbas. "Humanitarian aid of Switzerland is a great example
of true humanity and empathy. I am grateful to my counterpart Didier Burkhalter for his personal efforts to help children in
Donbas", said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
Pavlo Klimkin stressed the important role of the Swiss
colleague as a Chairman of the OSCE in 2014 in the establishment of the OSCE
SMM in Donbas.
Discussing the present state of bilateral relations, both
Ministers noted the positive dynamics of trade and economic relations and
growth of Swiss investments (in 2016 increased by 8%) to Ukraine: Switzerland is
currently listed among 10 largest investors.
Ukrainian Side gratefully accepted Bern’s intention to
continue providing technical assistance to ensure the effectiveness of reforms.
The parties also agreed to intensify cooperation in the
issue of the return of assets of former Ukrainian officials frozen in
Ukrainian-Swiss bilateral agreements on visa facilitation
and readmission were signed during the negotiations. Both are designed to
synchronize the bilateral legal framework on migration with Switzerland with
the same standards operating between Ukraine and the EU. However, Ministers
stressed that Switzerland will automatically be covered by EU decision on
visa-free travel for Ukrainian nationals who have biometric passports for travelling