Ukraine has determined that its future lies in the family of European countries, and in recent years it has been at the forefront of the struggle for democracy and the protection of the shared values. The Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman said in an interview with the Slovak media. Slovakia has assumed the Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and the issues of a peaceful resolution of the situation in Donbas, the issues of the Crimea and the Sea of Azov, are among the top priorities. Moreover, in January this year, Kyiv became one of the first capitals, which Miroslav Lajčák, the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia, the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, visited.
"We are grateful for the ongoing cooperation, and for the support. Today we are in the vanguard of fighting for democracy. It is critical for us to restore control over our borders. And our mission is to exert every effort to ensure that the key to peace in Ukraine is used", stressed Volodymyr Groysman.
The conversation with Slovak journalists took place on the eve of the working visit of the Head of the Ukrainian Government to Slovakia which is due today, April 16.
The Prime Minister told that the talks with the authorities of the Slovak Republic would be political dialogue, deepening of economic and border cooperation.
"We have a lot of common topics for discussion. We are good neighbors and are mentally close", said Volodymyr Groysman. The PM emphasized that over 10 months of last year the volume of bilateral trade between Ukraine and Slovakia exceeded $ 1 billion with a positive balance for Ukraine. At the moment, Slovakia is among the top 20 trade partners of Ukraine among the EU countries. Energy projects are of great interest to both countries because energy security has been and still remains a strategic priority for Ukraine as well. Equally relevant is the interaction in the field of logistics and transit of goods, in the development of the mining industry, energy efficiency, support of small and medium-sized businesses, in the development of regional cooperation.