In an interview with Pravda, Slovakia’s second-largest and most influential daily, on Tuesday, President Viktor Yushchenko talked about how to develop Ukraine’s ties with Slovakia, especially in the energy sector, President's press office reports.

When asked whether Ukraine was closer to the EU after its September 30 parliamentary election, Yushchenko said the vote had been held in a democratic manner, describing this fact as an “important step in the context of Ukraine’s European aspirations.”

Speaking of visa relations between Ukraine and the European Union, he said: “I would like visa, trade, capital and service flow regulations and procedures to be as less painful as possible. […] The EU must spare no effort to make the number of its partners grow, and I am not speaking here only about its formal partners,” he said, expressing confidence “Ukraine will be a member of the EU." "It is only a matter of time.”


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