President Viktor Yanukovych met in Crimea with Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko, presidential press office reported.

The President and the Foreign Minister have discussed the most urgent issues of the Foreign Ministry, its priorities, and directions of future work. One of the subjects discussed was the schedule of Presidential foreign visits and visits of foreign leaders to Ukraine.

At the meeting the Minister stressed that during the Presidency of Viktor Yanukovych "the dynamics of our relations with key strategic partners has gained a completely different dimension”. Minister Gryshchenko stressed that it means their essential revitalization, which, inter alia, is proved by the fact that the visit of the President of Ukraine to the Peoples Republic of China scheduled on September 2-5 has a state status.

"According to our information, the Chinese side is preparing for this visit as to an exceptional event," said the Minister, adding that it is not only about a procedural form, but also about serious meaningful content. According to Minister Gryshchenko, the visit’s schedule includes the President of Ukraine visiting Beijing, where Viktor Yanukovych will meet with the three leaders of China.

The President of Ukraine will also visit Shanghai - the most powerful economic center of China, and Hong Kong, where significant financial and banking resources are focused.

"All this should bring real benefit to our state," emphasized Kostyantyn Gryshchenko.

The Minister also spoke about the Presidential visit to Germany scheduled on August 30 during which the President is planned to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other political leaders. He said that the visit "will allow us to express our point of view on the arrangements, which we aim to reach with the European Union, and develop bilateral relations with Germany”.

Foreign Minister Gryshchenko separately spoke about significant interest of the eastern partners in our country. In this context he reminded of the visit of the President of Kazakhstan to Ukraine scheduled on September and the visit of the President of Azerbaijan in autumn. "There are issues of strategic importance there, there is dynamics and real interest, which will have significant positive effects," said Kostyantyn Gryshchenko.

According to him, it is planned that the President of Ukraine will visit France later on. On September 6 the Minister for Foreign Affairs will go to London to prepare for the visit of the President of Ukraine to the United Kingdom.

Besides, there are preparations going on for President Yanukovych’s participation in the Session of the UN General Assembly and the Summit, which will precede it. "All these international events, bilateral events, as well as participation of the President in the UN General Assembly Session in late September are aimed at strengthening the international position of Ukraine, and implementation of concrete plans at both bilateral and multilateral level," said Kostyantyn Gryshchenko.

During the meeting Minister Gryshchenko also briefed President Yanukovych on the reorganization of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. "The main task put now by the President is to continue pragmatic course aimed primarily at making foreign policy more economically oriented," said Minister Gryshchenko, speaking after the meeting. According to him, it means not merely declarative statements, but specific work aimed at supporting Ukrainian exporters in solving urgent international issues and implementing major projects that "may boost Ukraine's economic development in energy, aircraft-building, space industry and other areas”.

"It is about attracting significant investments that are to come not only through the efforts of the Foreign Minister, but result from serious reforming of the economic component of our Government, reducing the number of licenses, forming different regulatory framework," emphasized Minister Gryshchenko. He stressed that the MFA should facilitate this process.

Kostyantyn Gryshchenko also informed Viktor Yanukovych on the plans to expand cooperation with Russia and the U.S., as well as on the negotiations with the EU. He stressed that the Russian side highly appreciates Ukraine's readiness to assist Russia in fighting the fires. "Your willingness to help is highly appreciated by our partners in Moscow. This is visual evidence that we too can really help in a difficult situation," said the Minister.

"We enter the stage, when results depends on coordinated work of different ministries and agencies. The President has set specific tasks not only to the MFA, but also to other ministries and departments of Ukraine", said Kostyantyn Gryshchenko.


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