Tuesday December 15, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held a meeting with President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda in Kyiv. The main topics of the visit are the situation in the east of Ukraine, the Polish support for internal reforms in Ukraine, Polish-Ukrainian economic cooperation, energy security, historical dialogue of Poland and Ukraine, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to TSN.
After negotiations in tete-a-tete format, the presidents of the two countries agreed that Ukraine and Poland will develop cooperation in the field of security and defense. The next year the Ukrainian military will participate in the exercises “Shield”, which will be held in Poland. The Presidents also identified the international mechanism of de-occupation of the Crimea.
Petro Poroshenko and Andrzej Duda also discussed the issue of sanctions against Russia. “The first step to peace in Ukraine is the full implementation of the Minsk Agreement. However, unfortunately, there is no indication that they will be implemented by December 31, 2015. Consequently, the policy of the EU sanctions against Russia should be retained. The EU should not retreat the policy of sanctions, while the Minsk Agreement are not fulfilled, “- said Duda. The president of Poland expressed the hope that the sanctions will be extended.
Moreover, Duda invited Ukraine to participate in the next summit of NATO. He added that he believes that Ukraine’s cooperation with the security organizations will bring peace and security to Europe. “NATO summit will take place in Warsaw in 2016. We are in favor for Ukraine’s presence on it. I’ll do my best to make sure that Ukraine will take a place at the table,” – said Duda.
Poroshenko, in turn, noted that the Polish-Lithuanian-Ukrainian brigade is an example of Ukrainian military cooperation with the armies of NATO. “This cooperation means coordination of our armed forces, the establishment of effective cooperation with the NATO forces and the share of the unique experience of our troops to confront the aggression of Russia”, – said Poroshenko.
At the same time, it was announced that Poland will help the Ukrainians to export products to the EU.
Poland will also give Ukraine a 100 million euros credit assistance for cross-border projects. The sides agreed to open a credit line in the amount of 1 billion euros. “It will promote the development of trade turnover between Ukraine and Poland,” – said Duda.
But the presidents of Ukraine and Poland agreed not to all the problems. Poroshenko joked that “the only question, where we found no consensus was about who will leave the football group of Euro 2016.”
Polish President will also hold talks with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and parliamentary speaker Volodymyr Groisman. At the end of the visit Andrzej Duda will meet with Ukrainian students and representatives of the Polish Diaspora.