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12. 6. 2018 20:44

Premier Babiš spoke with Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Kistion about the reform of Ukraine, business cooperation and energy

Premier Babiš with Ukrainian Vice Premier Kistion in the Hrzánský Palace, 12 June 2018.
Premier Babiš with Ukrainian Vice Premier Kistion in the Hrzánský Palace, 12 June 2018.
On Tuesday, 12 June 2018, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš met in Hrzánský Palace with Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Volodymyr Kistion. They discussed the ongoing changes in Ukraine, the issuing of visas for Ukrainians, and economic and international issues.

Premier Andrej Babiš expressed support of the Czech Republic for Ukraine before the EU-Ukraine summit that will take place in July this year. The prime minister said that Ukraine and the Czech Republic are united by similar historical experience and geographic proximity, and it is therefore natural and desirable to continue to strengthen the relations between the two countries. One of the topics was the enhancement of capacities of the Czech embassy in Kiev, which also provides consular services and issues visas for Ukrainian workers.

Concerning the economic issues, Premier Babiš and Vice Premier Kistion discussed the growing mutual trade, the interest of Czech firms in Ukraine and the efforts to improve the business environment. In 2017, the mutual trade grew by 27.6 percent to EUR 1.9 billion, and the export from the Czech Republic grew by a third. In terms of energy, the main topics were the future of gas transit through Ukraine to the European Union and experience sharing in nuclear energy and renewable sources.

At the meeting, the statesmen also spoke about international issues, mainly the conflict in Eastern Ukraine and the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. Premier Andrej Babiš confirmed that the Czech Republic consistently supports Ukrainian independence and the renewal of full sovereignty of Ukraine by peaceful means.

Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Volodymyr Kistion, visited the Czech Republic as the chairman of the Ukrainian part of the Inter-governmental Commission for Economic, Industrial, Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the Czech Republic and Ukraine, the regular meetings of which were renewed last year.

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