Accompanied by Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk, First Deputy Premier Andriy Klyuyev, Emergency Minister Viktor Baloha, Energy Yuriy Boyko, Transport Minister Mykola Rudkovsky and deputies Anatoly Kinakh and Eduard Zeynaolv, Victor Yushchenko has gone to Azerbaijan.
He will meet with his Azeri colleague, Ilham Aliyev, and members of parliament and government.
The President is going to discuss ways to forge closer economic and energy ties between the two countries. He is convinced one of such important projects is the construction of a new route to transport Caspian oil from Baku to Plock.
Yushchenko will sign several intergovernmental agreements and other documents.
The Head of State will also address students and professors of the Slavic University of Baku on Ukraine’s foreign policies.
In an interview with Azerbaijan’s agency Trend, Victor Yushchenko has said the construction of a new route to transport Caspian oil from Baku (Azerbaijan) to Plock (Poland) via Odessa (Ukraine) was the most important area of cooperation between Ukraine and Azerbaijan.
“The two countries’ mutual interests and advantageous geostrategic location provide the economic basis for our partnership and open prospects of creating joint transportation corridors, mainly energy routes,” he said, President's press office reported.
The Head of State also said the two states could cooperate in many other areas.
“There are also opportunities, which we do not use, to export not only oil and oil products from Azerbaijan to Ukraine but also oil equipment and chemicals," he said, adding Ukraine could export foods, medicaments, metals, and cars.
“Ukraine sees Azerbaijan as its important strategic partner. We
aim to enhance and improve our bilateral relations,” he said.
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