Monday, February 13 2017 18:10 EET
President: Ukraine and Moldova agreed to restore economic cooperation
President, Ukraine, Moldova, Agreed, Restore, Economic, Cooperation

President Petro Poroshenko informed that in the course of today’s negotiations with Prime Minister of Moldova Pavel Filip and between the Ukrainian and Moldovan delegations, the parties reached an agreement to restore economic cooperation between the two countries.

In the course of the meeting with journalists, the Head of State noted that a trend of previous years was broken in 2016 and the trade turnover between the countries was ensured. “And we agreed on further steps that eliminate any obstacles in this important direction,” he said.

“It particularly went about gradual restoration of our economic cooperation. A regular session of the Intergovernmental Ukraine-Moldova Commission on trade-economic cooperation planned for May-June will be devoted to that issue,” he added noting that respective instructions have already been given to the co-heads of this Commission.

“I am confident that following the results of this meeting we will receive concrete proposals on the solution of the issues still pending on the Ukraine-Moldova agenda,” Petro Poroshenko said.

The President particularly noted close cooperation of Kyiv and Chișinău in the international arena. “We firmly feel support of our Moldovan partners in the UN, firmly feel support in the Council of Europe, OSCE, other organizations during the adoption of decisions and resolutions related to the territorial integrity of Ukraine and resolute condemnation of Russian military aggression,” Petro Poroshenko stressed.

The President called cooperation in the environmental sphere equally important. According to him, the parties agreed to form a joint commission and make decisive steps that will speed up the resolution of problems. He also called for joint efforts in solving environmental problems and steps to ensure energy independence of both Ukraine and Moldova.

The Head of State assured that Ukraine is ready for a constructive dialogue on the ecology of the Dniester River. In this context, he instructed the Minister of Ecology of Ukraine to address his Moldovan colleague and jointly request the European Commission to provide financial aid and ensure transparency in this process. According to Petro Poroshenko, this proposal has been supported by the Moldovan Prime Minister. “We are sure that this will also promote the acceleration of resolution of the abovementioned issues,” he said.

The parties have also discussed energy cooperation and restoration of stable electricity supply from Ukraine to Moldova. According to the President, interaction in energy sphere remains an important factor of integration of the two countries in the common European energy space and enhancement of energy security.

In his turn, the Prime Minister of Moldova informed that the parties discussed a wide range of issues of bilateral agenda and found many solutions that must be implemented already this year.

“The parties confirmed interest in the enhancement and development of trade-economic relations, the entire spectrum of humanitarian cooperation between the two countries, completion of the process of demarcation of the Ukraine-Moldova state border and development of transport cooperation,” Pavel Filip said.

A special topic of negotiations was the environmental issue of the Dniester water basin and the rational use of water resources for the benefit of both countries.

“Dniester is a cross-border river and it plays an important role in providing drinking water for Chișinău and certain Ukrainian cities, particularly Odesa,” Pavel Filip noted.

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