The whole democratic world, together with Ukraine, has no right to turn a blind eye to the existing challenges and global problems, especially those that arise in the energy sector. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman stressed during a meeting with the President of the Storting (Parliament) of Norway Tone Wilhelmsen Trøen. This is the first visit of the President of the Storting of Norway to Kyiv and already the third visit of high-ranking officials of Norway to Ukraine in the last three weeks.
"We must strengthen ties between our governments and parliaments. In 2017-18 we see a growing trend in trade. And the potential of our relations is promising as well", said Volodymyr Groysman.
"This is the third official visit of officials from Norway in the last three weeks. And this is a great privilege for me to visit Ukraine and meet with you. We have brought with us a strong delegation - they comprise three political parties of our parliament. And by this, we emphasize our support for the process of reform and struggle that Ukraine continues against Russian aggression", Tone Wilhelmsen Trøen said.
Volodymyr Groysman thanked Norway for the continued support of Ukrainian sovereignty and in terms of security issues. However, the security context, the PM noted, extends not only to defense initiatives, but also to the economic plane and, what is of peculiar importance, to the energy sector.
"It is very important for us to see a stable democratic world in protecting democracy and rules of international law. And in this context, an overriding issue is Nord Stream 2 project. We are calling on the whole world - do not believe in the guarantees of Russia. You will not remember any guarantee uttered by Russian which is being enforced nowadays. The Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances, the latest decisions of Stockholm arbitration court on gas contracts ... All of those are not fulfilled. And we are concerned that the project (gas pipeline construction) is under way. And we urge all countries to open their eyes and look at the impending threat. We have to pass strong not weak countries to our next generations. We have no right to turn a blind eyes to such global problems. And we are talking about an alternative - joint management of the Ukrainian GTS, which is reliable. Thus, we will all be independent", the Prime Minister claimed.
The Head of Government stressed that the analysis of the situation and joint actions can prevent the threat of the Russian monopoly.
"We hear all your remarks", the President of the Storting (Parliament) of Norway said. "And we support the idea that the role of Ukraine as a transit state should be preserved".
Volodymyr Groysman praised the said position and noted that Ukraine is currently undergoing transformations and implementing several very important reforms - from education and medicine to decentralization and combating corruption. "These processes are being simultaneously managed", he stressed.
In turn, Tone Wilhelmsen Trøen assured that Norway stands ready to provide comprehensive support to Ukraine both in energy and reform issues that are currently being implemented in Ukraine and incredibly important with a view to economic development of the country.