Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has said that Ukraine will always be a reliable transit country for energy to Europe, in particular, from Russia to Europe, and added that "we do not exclude the possibility of alternative transit routes for energy supplies," UKRINFORM reported.

"We're open to dialogue, and we welcome any proposals in this direction," he said at a conference, entitled "Ukraine: From Crisis to Growth. Economy, Investments, Markets," at the Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels on Wednesday.

In addition, the prime minister said that Ukraine had signed with the European Union a protocol on accession to the Energy Community, which paves the way for the introduction of a free trade area in the energy sector between Ukraine and the EU.

Azarov noted that the EU and Ukraine were continuing negotiations on the introduction of a comprehensive free trade area.

"We need to reach compromises. I see no antagonistic contradictions, and I think that we should not set any deadlines, but work persistently and consistently on the implementation of such a comprehensive free trade area," he said.

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