In Warsaw, Victor Yushchenko and Lech Kaczynski have presided over Ukrainian-Polish talks.
Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk, Economy Minister, Economy Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Energy Minister Ivan Plachkov, Culture Minister Ihor Likhovy, Youth and Sports Minister Yuriy Pavlenko, Health Minister Yuriy Polyachenko, Agriculture Minister Oleksandr Baranivsky, Lviv Governor Petro Oliynyk, MP Yuriy Kostenko, and MP Oleksiy Ivchenko represented Ukraine, the president press office informs.
They discussed regional, international and bilateral issues but particularly concentrated on energy cooperation. The sides agreed to continue building the Odesa-Brody-Gdansk oil pipeline.
“We are convinced this project is profitable and unique,” Yushchenko said, adding that it “will help many countries get access to alternative oil markets not losing their old sources.”
The Chief of State said “the project, however, lacks official recognition and has no relevant intergovernmental support."He said the governments of Ukraine, Poland and Kazakhstan should officially support it “despite its commercial nature.”
They agreed to hold a conference on energy security this autumn. Ukraine is going to present several energy projects and involve international community in discussing their expedience.
Energy issues will also beaddressed at a GUAM summit in Kyiv this May. The President said its participants were expected to discuss ways to deliver oil to the Far East and the European Union and help energy infrastructures of the GUAM countries integrate with Europe’s energy network. They will also consider mechanisms of settling conflicts and launching regional projects of continental significance.
“We both believe we can fill the national market with oil products through cooperation and dialogue,” he said.
Ukraine and Poland also agreed to accelerate military and defense cooperation.
“I am happy to say today’s talks had a great deal ofmeaningful and cooperative opinions,” Yushchenko said when asked to sum up the talks. He then added that “Ukraine and Poland demonstrate their determination to develop energy partnership.”
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