Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman held a meeting with Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Andrej Plenković in the framework of his official visit to Ukraine. The parties discussed priority lines of deepening cooperation between the countries.
Volodymyr Groysman noted the visit Andrej Plenković is symbolic as it occurs on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the mutual recognition of two States and the anniversary of the outbreak of the Revolution of Dignity. It is also the first official trip of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia to Ukraine for 25 years.
"Your visit as the new Prime Minister is a landmark event for us. Today we commence a new stage of development of our bilateral relations", said Volodymyr Groysman at the meeting.
The Head of Ukrainian Government noted that among the priority spheres of cooperation between Ukraine and Croatia is energy sector. In this context, the Prime Minister expressed interest of Ukraine in diversification of sources of oil and gas supply and participation in the project on the construction of LNG terminal in Croatia.
The parties also noted a bilateral interest in the implementation of the Three Seas Initiative (the Adriatic, the Baltic and the Black Sea).
Prime Ministers of Ukraine and Croatia tackled possibilities of development of tourism between the two countries. In this issue, Volodymyr Groysman suggested to consider an opportunity to open regular direct flights between Ukraine and Croatia.
In turn Andrej Plenković offered an advisory assistance to Ukraine by Croatia in the process of Association with the European Union in the issues of translation, synchronization, and elaboration of necessary legislation, necessary to carry out on this way.
"As the youngest member of the European Union we should share our experience, provide additional advice to the Ukrainian Government – to our friends, and to help reconcile the legislation with the Association Agreement, to coordinate international assistance and other aspects that will make you prepared for future relations with the European Union”, said Andrej Plenković. “This expertise is our know-how. Our experience and our knowledge is very recent and can be very useful."
He also expressed the readiness of Croatia to impart experience with Ukraine in reintegrating the occupied territories. The Prime Minister announced that the Government of Croatia had adopted the decision on the establishment of the relevant Committee headed by Deputy Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia.
Volodymyr Groysman thanked the Government of Croatia for the initiative and creation of the aforesaid Committee. "Your experience, your expertise is very important. I think we will use this opportunity of cooperation so that we were able to find the answers to the questions that you ever found", he stressed.
The parties considered Ukraine’s European integration issues. Volodymyr Groysman noted that Ukraine expects for a speedy completion of the ratification of the Association Agreement and introduction of a visa-free regime with the European Union. He accentuated that Ukraine had "fully and faithfully" fulfilled all its obligations.
Volodymyr Groysman thanked personally Andrej Plenković and Croatia for support of European integration aspirations of Ukraine and of countering Russian aggression.