On Thursday, 10
September, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk met with Prime Minister
of the Slovak Republic Robert Fico in the framework of his visit to Bratislava.
thanked Robert Fico for his personal position, position of the Government of
the Slovak Republic and Slovakia as to supporting the territorial integrity and
independence of the Ukrainian state, "You are backing not only in words
and declarations but in concrete deeds."
He recalled that
gas reverse flow to Ukraine from Slovakia was launched last year, "Then there was little hope that this
was possible. But
if we had not accepted this decision together, Ukraine would not have endured
the winter. Thanks
to reverse supply from Slovakia, we managed to get 11 billion cubic meters of
was a real step how to help Ukraine."
Minister of Ukraine stressed that today in the framework of energy cooperation
between the two countries it was signed a Memorandum on cooperation in the
areas of energy efficiency, energy-saving and renewable energy: "Your
Government is doing very much in order to make your citizens spend as little
energy as possible and therefore they pay less for this energy. Our
Government has the same goal - to insulate buildings, reduce energy consumption
and thus to reduce citizens’ bills."
Apart from that,
in the framework of the visit it was signed a Memorandum on cooperation between
the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine and the Ministry of Education,
Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic concerning youth exchanges.
The meeting with
Robert Fico also discussed liberalization of visa regime between Ukraine and
the EU: "Visa-free regime for Ukrainians is another real result of
European integration that we have to achieve."
Arseniy Yatsenyuk reminded that technical missions are working on this
issue in Ukraine: "I hope that a decision on granting Ukraine a visa-free
regime won’t have any political aspect, including those associated with migrant
influx in the European Union. Like no other, we realize the problems with
migrants, which Europe is facing. As presently, the wave of
migration to Europe is estimated at hundreds of thousands people. This
is due to the conflict zones, the war, global instability.
And through the war in Ukraine we have 1.5 million internally displaced
persons. And it demands incredible spending from budget for adaptation, assistance
for these people. So, solutions to these problems must be sought
The Prime Minister of Ukraine expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister
of Slovakia for the support in implementing reforms in Ukraine, in particular
in reforming the tax system: "I very much appreciate your support and support
of your country as a member of the European Union for our difficult path towards
obtaining membership in the European Union and towards real European
In communication with media people, Arseniy Yatsenyuk noted he had discussed
with Robert Fico the establishment in the European Union of "a new powerful
tool to support reforms in Ukraine": "It is the association of all
those countries that have undertaken reforms, that
have entered the EU over the past two decades. In creating such a platform of
support for Ukraine there should participate Slovakia, Poland".
"Everyone, following an example of Slovakia, will be able to engage in
assistance to Ukraine. Because it is crucial for us: a very practical and
pragmatic approach, the specific action that entails a particular result,"
stressed Arseniy Yatsenyuk.