UKRAINIAN President Petro Poroshenko at a meeting with Slovak Premier Robert Fico in Bratislava on November 15 evening praised Slovakia’s decision to ensure a reverse gas flow to Ukraine, the TASR newswire reported.
According to Fico at the press conference, Ukraine has already adopted several significant decisions concerning gas.
“Part of the debt towards Gazprom has been paid, an agreement on the gas prices for a certain period and for the future has been reached,” Fico said, as quoted by TASR. “There are no indications at the moment that gas deliveries [to Slovakia] might be in peril, but we’re also prepared for a halt in gas supplies for a certain period, even though we know that this would cost some money.”
Turning to more general issues, Fico said that he assured Poroshenko about Slovakia’s readiness to provide Ukraine with its experience from the EU integration process ahead of Slovakia’s joining the Union in 2004.
“Whoever is clever learns from the mistakes of others,” Fico said, as quoted by TASR. “We want to cooperate in this spirit.”
Also other countries of Visegrad Four (Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary) declared their willingness to help Ukraine with reforms, said Slovak President Andrej Kiska after a meeting of Visegrad Four (V4) representatives with Poroshenko, TASR reported on November 16.
“During the discussions all countries agreed that a united approach within EU is needed and that sanctions against Russia were needed,” Kiska said, as quoted by TASR.
Even 22 Slovak NGOs want to help Ukraine with reforms including Open Society Foundation, People in Peril, the Slovak Foreign Policy Association, and the Central European Policy Institute. According to them the advantage of Slovakia is that it has experience with similar reforms, and has also helped to carry them out in other countries, such countries as in the Balkans, the SITA newswire reported on November 14.
“What is currently happening in Ukraine is important for us,” said Milan Nič of the Central European Policy Institute.
Poroshenko praised the support.
“The support which Ukraine received in Bratislava is really needed and necessary for us,” he said after meeting with V4 representatives, as quoted by TASR.
Source: TASR, SITA
Compiled by Roman Cuprik from press reports
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18. Nov 2014 at 10:00