President Petro Poroshenko has held a meeting with Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico.
The President has expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister for the powerful and consistent support of Ukraine in the European institutions. "At the EU Council, the voice of Slovakia in support of Ukraine is very powerful," the President noted.
Prime Minister Fico has emphasized that Slovakia supported European integration aspirations of Ukraine. "Slovakia fully supports your ambitions to become an EU member. If you are interested, we will be glad to share our experience in this issue," the Prime Minister said.
Particular attention has been paid to the issue of gas supply. The Prime Minister has informed that the capacity of gas pipeline "Uzhhorod-Vojany" was ready to be increased up to 14.5 billion cubic meters per year starting from March 1. Robert Fico has noted: "We are reaching 1/3 of your domestic consumption". At the same time he noted that a strategic task of the two countries was to preserve the transit character of Ukraine and Slovakia.
The President has expressed special gratitude for the efficient cooperation in energy sphere. "Reverse gas supply via "Vojany-Uzhhorod" launched on September 2 with your assistance has proved its efficiency," the Head of State noted.
"The increase of the gas pipeline capacity up to 40 million cubic meters per day starting from January 30 fully meets the interests of Ukraine. We are interested in the immediate launch of great reverse from Slovakia," the President said.
The Head of State is confident that the establishment of great gas hub on the basis of the markets of the "Visegrad Five" (Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland and Ukraine), which was negotiated in Bratislava in November 2014, fully meets the interests of all the countries in the region. "We will be grateful if Slovakia and Hungary accelerate putting into operation of the given gas pipeline," Petro Poroshenko emphasized adding that he would be willing to discuss the given issue in the course of the visit of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to Ukraine.
The President is also willing to discuss bilateral trade development. "We are willing to do everything to intensify our relations," the Head of State said. Petro Poroshenko noted that the countries should use the opportunities emerged after the implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU more actively, particularly its economic part on DCFTA.
The President informed that he had instructed the Government to intensify transborder cooperation with Slovakia in the creation of joint border and customs checkpoints for the struggle against corruption, as well as acceleration and simplification of border-crossing procedures.
The President has invited Slovakian experts to engage in the process of reforms in Ukraine within the National Council of Reforms.
Robert Fico has underlined the necessity of intensification of economic relations, particularly between the entrepreneurs of the two countries. He has informed on the plans to hold a business forum that would be attended by 200 Ukrainian and 140 Slovakian businessmen, roughly speaking.
Also, the Slovakian Prime Minister has underlined the interest of his country in the implementation of various projects of border cooperation, particularly the project on the construction of broad-gauge railway between the two countries.