This year’s elections in Ukraine are incredibly important not only for Ukrainians, but also for Europeans. This is a peculiar test for democracy and transparency throughout the European continent. This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Tomáš Petříček during a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, during his working visit to Ukraine.
"The Czech Republic considers Ukraine as an inherent part of a large European family. The decisive election year in your country will have a great impact on the development of relations both in a bilateral and multilateral format ", the Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček said.
"The Czech Republic is a very important partner for Ukraine in Central and Eastern Europe. We highly appreciate the support and assistance provided by the Czech Government to Ukraine in our efforts to implement the course on European and NATO integration", Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze stressed.
"Ukraine counts on further support of the Czech Republic for new initiatives, which were identified following the results of the 20th Ukraine-EU summit and 5th meeting of the EU-Ukraine Association Council," the Deputy Prime Minister added.
During the meeting, the sides also discussed cooperation between NATO and the European Union, progress in implementation of reforms in Ukraine, intensification of bilateral military-technical cooperation, prospects for the revival of trade and economic cooperation, as well as humanitarian assistance to children from the east of Ukraine
"We praise those steps implemented by the Ukrainian Government seeking to form a new, modern, democratic society, I mean implementation of reforms and adoption of anti-corruption legislation. However, in order not to lose the set course, Ukraine must continue to actively put in practice the identified reforms ", the Czech Foreign Minister underlined.
In turn, the Deputy Prime Minister commended positive dynamics of trade and economic cooperation. "In 2018, the trade turnover between Ukraine and the Czech Republic has increased by 24%, and this is a good signal for deepening our economic cooperation," she emphasized.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic stressed that the Czech economy is currently demonstrating a growth and Ukraine's contribution to this process is also significant.
While touching upon cooperation in the context of Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine, Tomáš Petříček noted that the Czech Republic will spare no effort to resume the work of the Ukraine-NATO Commission, since the absence of such meetings at the level of ministers and heads of state and government sends incorrect signals for both Ukraine and Russia.