The Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal and the Prime Minister of Slovakia Eduard Heger discussed topical issues of bilateral cooperation. The meeting took place on May 28 as part of the official visit of the Head of the Slovak Government to Ukraine.
The parties, in particular, discussed the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Prime Minister of Ukraine thanked Slovakia for providing assistance in the amount of €600,000 for the purchase of the vaccine.
For his part, Eduard Heger noted that Slovakia is actively promoting the initiative to distribute vaccines to neighboring countries and will continue to do so in the future. He also said that Slovakia was handing over a certificate for the provision of protective equipment in the amount of €195,000 to the Okhmatdyt Children's Hospital.
Denys Shmyhal informed the Prime Minister of Slovakia that Ukraine is working on the creation of a digital national "covid certificate".
"It is critical to ensure its compatibility with the relevant certificate in the EU and WHO. We also need to work in synergy with the EU to create a legal framework for the implementation and mutual recognition of these certificates. We hope that Slovakia will also contribute to the mutual recognition of digital certificates and the creation of a mechanism for simplified border crossing with EU countries in a pandemic," said the Head of the Ukrainian Government.
In addition, the parties touched upon the issue of restoring the full functioning of Uzhhorod International Airport. Denys Shmyhal thanked Slovakia for starting the process of unblocking the operation of the airport.
"Signing an intergovernmental agreement is the first step. We hope that all regulations that will allow us to make full use of Uzhhorod Airport will be promptly finalized," said the Prime Minister of Ukraine.
Denys Shmyhal added that the Government of Ukraine has already actually signed agreements with a Ukrainian airline to organize a regular flight Kyiv - Uzhhorod and invited Eduard Heger to hold a symbolic meeting at the checkpoint of the common border.
"I think this will give impetus to the development of border traffic between our countries," said the Head of the Ukrainian Government.
The Prime Minister of Ukraine also noted that the intensification of investment in Ukraine’s economy is one of the most important tasks of the Government and invited companies from Slovakia to join the development of industrial parks in Ukraine.
During the meeting, Denys Shmyhal and Eduard Heger agreed to intensify the work of the Ukrainian-Slovak Joint Commission on Economic, Industrial and Scientific-Technical Cooperation.
"We are interested in holding a regular meeting of the Commission this year. This will be a prerequisite for the development of our economic and scientific and technical cooperation," said the Prime Minister of Ukraine.
Apart from that, the interlocutors considered the issue of escalation of the situation caused by Russia's military build-up in the temporarily occupied territories and along the state border with Ukraine. Denys Shmyhal expressed gratitude to Slovakia for the clear signals of support voiced in a conversation with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Denys Shmyhal and Eduard Heger also discussed security issues in the Azov-Black Sea area and the situation in the temporarily occupied Crimea. The Head of the Ukrainian Government thanked the Slovak side, in particular the President of Slovakia Zuzana Čaputová, for confirming her participation in the inaugural Summit of the Crimean Platform.
In addition, the Heads of Government of Ukraine and Slovakia touched upon the implementation of Nord Stream-2. Denys Shmyhal emphasized that active opposition to the completion of this project in the international arena is for the benefits of all.
The Head of the Ukrainian Government thanked the Prime Minister of Slovakia for supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
For his part, Eduard Heger noted that Ukraine is an important partner for Slovakia, and their country fully supports Ukraine's European integration and Euro-Atlantic aspirations.