Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman met with Prime
Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico in the framework of his working visit to
Poland to participate in the 26-th Economic Forum in Krynica
Zdrój on Tuesday.
"We are deeply interested in increasing cooperation, notably
in the energy sector, gas transit, gas
production", stressed Volodymyr Groysman.
The Prime Minister outlined key lines of deepening collaboration
with Slovakia, among which are joint infrastructure projects, a reform of the
Ukrainian customs, namely, the formation of joint databases, border crossing projects,
as well as attracting of Slovak business in Ukraine.
In turn, Prime Minister Robert Fico assured of the readiness
of the Government of Slovakia to boost gas volumes to Ukraine.
In the process of discussion of cooperation between the two
states in the energy sphere, Prime Minister Robert Fico pledged maximum
assistance in transportation of Caspian oil through the territory of Slovakia
and Ukraine to the Czech oil refinery in Kralupy.
In the framework of the EU Summit in Bratislava, the Prime
Minister of the Slovak Republic reassured that the focus of the meeting would
be relations between Ukraine and the EU, particularly regarding the speedy
resolution of issues related to the introduction of visa regime for Ukraine and
the ratification of the Association Agreement.
Prime Minister Robert Fico invited Volodymyr Groysman to
visit the Slovak Republic, in particular in the period of holding by Slovakia
of the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU. The Head of the Government
accepted the offer.
Another topic of the negotiations was intensifying trade and
economic cooperation between the countries. The parties agreed to resume work
of the Ukrainian-Slovak Intergovernmental Commission on economic, industrial,
scientific and technical cooperation and to hold a meeting in Ukraine in the