13:13 Aug. 25, 2016
Kyiv tries to make full use of the opportunities offered by the EU Association and Free Trade agreements to compensate the economic embargo which Russia
At a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda, Petro Poroshenko thanked the Polish partners and the European Union for maintaining a strong stand in condemning the Russian aggression against Ukraine and the illegal annexation of Crimea, while supporting sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of the Ukrainian state, Ukrainian presidential press service reported.
"We are thankful for your solidarity. We greatly appreciate the decision of Poland and the EU on the policy of imposing the sanctions on the aggressor as to both the Crimea and the aggression in the east of our country. When we say that the matter should be addressed by political and diplomatic methods only, this is the coordination that is the most efficient step," Petro Poroshenko said in his press statement.
The Head of Ukrainian state informed that the parties discussed the extending of economic cooperation between Ukraine and Poland and exploiting of every opportunity offered by the signed Ukraine-EU Association Agreement and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement that came into force on 1 January 2016.
The President noted that Ukraine's enterprises today try to make full use of these opportunities to compensate the economic embargo which Russia imposed on Ukraine limiting and prohibiting the access for Ukrainian products to its markets and even banning their transit.
"Our cooperation and the participation of the Poland's investors in the privatization process in Ukraine launched by the Ukrainian government are also very important for us," the Ukrainian president said.
Poroshenko also thanked Poland for its stand on the issue of the abolition of EU visas for Ukrainians.
"We obtained the position of full support to our ambitions. For 25 years already, Poland has been advocating the Euro-integration aspirations of the Ukrainians, so now we have coordinated efforts on clear cooperation as to the visa-free regime," the President reported.
The Head of State also underscored the position of support and joint coordination in the energy sector issues and noted that Ukraine greatly appreciates the position of Poland on the North Stream 2 Project and the countries' joint stand with respect to the Turkish stream.
"2016 will be the first year when the Russia's energy blackmail has failed. Our European partners, primarily and including our Polish partners, contributed significantly to the fact that the blackmail does not work," Petro Poroshenko stressed.
In his turn, the President of Poland Andrzej Duda emphasized that the invitation to the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Independence of Ukraine proved Poland had been the partner of Ukraine for 25 years. He reminded that Poland stood side by side with Ukraine in all hard times in its history.
"We are also together in this very hard for Ukraine period, when a severe conflict in the east of Ukrainian state and the occupation of Crimea continue," Andrzej Duda said.
President of Poland told he had invited the President of Ukraine to visit Warsaw this year.