Ukrainian Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk met with Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen within the framework of his working visit to Finland on Wednesday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister spokesman Andriy Deshchytsia reported.

At the beginning of the meeting Borys Tarasyuk conveyed greetings from President Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych and wished successful presidency of Finland in the EU, and expressed hope for fruitful Ukrainian - Finnish dialogue during this period.

The parties exchanged opinions on Ukraine's cooperation with the EU, particularly, implementation of the Ukraine - EU Action Plan and touched on paramount bipartite issues and international developments.

The Finnish Prime Minister supported Ukraine's European integration drive and stated Finland's readiness to launch work as for creating a free trade area between Ukraine and the EU and to draft a new document to replace the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.

The parties also discussed energy security and cooperation in this sphere.

Borys Tarasyuk briefed the Finnish side about the dynamics of development of the Ukrainian economy and key aspects of its reforming. The parties agreed that the current level of bipartite trade - economic cooperation enables shifting to a new level of economic cooperation, which would promote investment projects and involvement of the Finnish capital in privatization processes in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Foreign Minister and Finnish Prime Minister, particularly, discussed preparations for an official visit by President Viktor Yushchenko to Finland on October 26 and 27 and his participation in the Ukraine - EU summit.


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