The government expects economic growth in Ukraine in 2013, despite the weakening of external markets.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said this at a meeting with Vice President of the European Parliament Jacek Protasiewicz in Kyiv on Thursday.

"The Ukrainian economy is experiencing significant difficulties that are mainly related to the weakening of our international partners, including the European Union, since the EU recession affects our turnover - it is falling. Slower growth in Asia also affects our traditional markets. We hope to remedy the situation and reach economic growth by the end of the year," Azarov said.

Protasiewicz, in turn, thanked Azarov for supporting the mission of former European Parliament President Pat Cox and former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski.

"The Cox-Kwasniewski mission is a unique mission. It used all of its capabilities, in my opinion, in full. They met 15 times with the president of Ukraine, they met 15 times with the prime minister, and they met many times with representatives of the opposition and [former Ukrainian Prime Minister] Yulia Tymoshenko," Azarov said.

Azarov also invited President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz to attend an investment conference "Ukraine and Partners," which is to be held in Kyiv on June 13-14.



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