President Victor Yushchenko of Ukraine met with British Prime Minister Tony Blair to discuss bilateral cooperation and plans to hold a Ukraine-EU summit in Kyiv this December.

“Our strategic policy is based on EU integration,” said Yushchenko.

He noted that it was vital to implement projects that might make Ukraine and the European Union closer to each other. The President particularly spoke about ways to develop transportation routes and the Ukrainian transit system to transport oil and gas.

Yushchenko also said Ukraine needed European Union’s support to join the WTO and get a market economy status.

This will be a good signal for Ukrainian society and a sign of support of democracy in Ukraine,” he said.

Speaking about the Ukraine-EU summit, heconfessed that Ukraine wasexpecting to host many distinguished guests and hoped the summit would yield positive results.

In his turn, Blair stressed that Ukraine could always rely on Great Britain.

“We are supporting democracy in Ukraine,” he said.

The Prime Minister added that Europe wanted Ukraine to continue implementing reforms, and Yushchenko responded that Ukrainian society was determined to continue reforms.

Blair also congratulatedthe Presidenton receiving the Chatham House Prize. The Prime Minister said he was convinced that this honorary award was a token of “recognition of what the Ukrainian nation and its leader did on their way to democracy.”


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