President Viktor Yanukovych hopes for Poland’s further active support of the European aspirations of Ukraine, he said answering reporters' questions after a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Radoslaw Sikorski. 

"We cherish great hopes that our neighbors during their presidency [of the Council of the European Union] will work effectively with us and we will be able achieve the goal we set ourselves... The most important priority for us is of course accelerating Ukraine's integration into the European Union. There are three questions on the agenda: the liberalization of visa regulations, free trade area and Association Agreement," he said. 

Also, President Yanukovych awarded Minister Sikorski with the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise III Degree "for his significant personal contribution into overcoming the consequences of the Chornobyl disaster, carrying out international humanitarian programs, and many years of fruitful social activities." 

For his part, Radoslaw Sikorski assured Viktor Yanukovych that he would continue his efforts for the sake of strengthening Ukrainian-Polish friendship and Ukraine successfully realizing its European prospects. 

The Polish Foreign Minister also expressed hope that the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine would be signed during the Polish presidency of the EU. "It is very important that we signed it this year," he said.


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