Ukrainian Foreign Minister Volodymyr Ohryzko expressed his country's readiness to supply electricity to Lithuania via Belarus during talks in Vilnius, Ukrinform reported. He participated in a meeting between Ukrainian, Lithuanian and Belarusian foreign ministers and spoke at a trilateral meeting of energy experts.

Ohryzko said that the implementation of this project had already been supported by the presidents of three states and was foreseen in a roadmap for the development of Ukrainian-Lithuanian partnership for 2009-2010, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry's press service reported. For this purpose, Vilnius hosted talks between the experts of three countries on the technical and technological aspects of implementing "this mutually beneficial, trilateral project."

The participants in the talks also discussed trilateral cooperation on the realization of infrastructure projects in the energy and transport sectors, as well as the issues of creating the Baltic-Black Sea economic space.

Ohryzko also stressed the importance of realizing the project of transporting Caspian oil, using the Odesa-Brody-Plock-Gdansk pipeline, to Europe, including Lithuania.

The ministers also stressed the need to improve trilateral interaction on the functioning of the combined transport train Viking. The implementation of this project will help improve the transport system of the Baltic-Black Sea economic space and extend the geography of cargo transportation, the ministry said.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Vygaudas Usackas, in turn, said that after the negotiations, experts could draft an agreement on the transit of Ukrainian electricity to Lithuania via Belarus by May 2009.


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