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Australia provides Ukraine with $ 2 mln worth of aid

December 11, during a state visit to Australia President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko met with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Australia provides Ukraine with $ 2 mln worth of aid

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister of Australia discussed a number of issues, particularly in the military and energy fields, joinfo.ua informs with reference to the press service of the Presidential Administration.

"We have agreed to start cooperating in the energy sector. We have discussed the possibility of using Australian uranium for our nuclear power plants," the Ukrainian president states.

The parties also agreed to discuss in the near future the issue of Australian coal supply to Ukraine.

"As for the potential of uranium and coal export to Ukraine, Australia is an energy superpower. Energy security is very important for Ukraine. It is a good opportunity for Australia and Ukraine," said Tony Abbott.

In addition, the sides discussed the coordination of actions at the multilateral level, in particular within the UN. Poroshenko thanked for Australia"s financial assistance in the amount of $ 100 million, which it will provide Ukraine with within the IMF, as well as for the assistance to the Ukrainian army. Tony Abbott announced the decision to provide assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine for more than $ 2 million. Also during the meeting, the sides discussed the possibility of participation of Australia in a donor conference that is to be held in early 2015.

In addition, the parties have also discussed the intensification of cooperation in agriculture.

Prime Minister Abbott praised the first visit of the President of Ukraine to Australia in the history of bilateral relations. He confirmed the intention of the Australian authorities to continue active support for Ukraine. "Australia shares solidarity with the people of Ukraine. In recent months, we"ve been providing moral support and economic assistance for Ukraine," said Tony Abbott.

Poroshenko thanked the leadership of Australia for its active support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. "Thank you for unity and solidarity with Ukraine," said the President.

The head of the state stressed that the Ukrainians sympathy Australia due to the Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 crash, with 38 Australians on board. "Ukraine does everything for the investigation into the tragedy to be independent, open and efficient. The perpetrators must be brought to justice," Poroshenko said.

Petro Poroshenko invited Tony Abbott to visit Ukraine next year. The Prime Minister said that in February, it was planned to open the Australian Embassy in Kyiv. "I am confident that the embassy's opening will enhance our cooperation," said the President of Ukraine.