Slovakia wants to develop its cooperation with Ukraine in the energy sector, Slovak Foreign Minister Mikulas Dzurinda said at a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov in Kyiv on Tuesday, according to the government portal.

"We are extremely interested in the integration of our energy systems," he said, adding that Slovakia is also ready to participate in the reconstruction of Ukrainian gas pipelines.

"We have certified companies engaged in such activities. Such work has recently been conducted with Serbia, where the signing of respective agreements begins. And we would be very pleased to participate in similar projects with Ukraine. Three consortiums with French and German capital are ready to submit applications for tenders to be announced by Ukraine," Dzurinda said, UKRINFORM reported.

In addition, he said that Slovak companies were interested in the production of shale gas in Ukraine and the development of the Black Sea shelf.

Azarov, in turn, noted that Ukraine expected the EU to participate in the processes that will begin after the restructuring of Ukraine's state oil and gas company Naftogaz and the creation of an independent Ukrainian gas production company.

He said again that Ukraine would fulfill all of its commitments to the countries of the European Union concerning the transportation of Russian gas.

Azarov said that Ukraine understood all of its responsibility before the EU and that it would not tolerate any interruption in gas supplies. "We will certainly fulfill the contract and simultaneously hold talks with our Russian partners," he said.

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