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  • Oleksandr Kubrakov commented on the first visit of Donald Tusk to Ukraine

    Oleksandr Kubrakov, Deputy Prime Minister for Restoration of Ukraine, Minister for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development, commented on the first visit of Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to Ukraine:

    "The strategic meeting at the level of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk demonstrates constructive dialogue and good neighbourly relations. Since the blockade of the three crossing points Dorohusk-Yahodyn, Hrebenne-Rawa-Ruska and Korczowa-Krakivets was lifted on 17 January, almost 5,000 trucks have already crossed into Poland. The largest checkpoint, Yahodyn, has already restored its capacity to 600 trucks per day. This figure is even higher than it was before the blockade. The number of trucks leaving through Krakivets and Rawa-Ruska is growing.

    We are evaluating the effectiveness of the solution at Nyzhankovychi - Malhowice, where registration in eCherha has been temporarily suspended. So far, the checkpoint is not operating at full capacity, and should allow 150 empty trucks to pass through per day, as it was during the functioning of eCherha. It is important to ensure that all checkpoints operate at maximum capacity.

    Together, we can strengthen the economies of our countries, in particular through the mechanism of joint customs and border control at checkpoints. The draft agreement we have developed is already under consideration by the competent ministry. We are also discussing joint plans to create four border crossing points in addition to the existing fourteen.

    One of the key issues is the extension of the Agreement on the Liberalisation of Freight Transport, the so-called "transport visa-free regime". This agreement helped Ukraine survive the first year of the full-scale invasion. Its positive impact on all parties was recognised by the European Commission. I would also like to draw your attention to the fact that imports of Polish goods to Ukraine by road increased by 30%, while imports from the EU increased by 44%.

    Another important focus of cooperation is the participation of Polish business in the restoration and modernisation of Ukraine. In the near future, the Polish Government will appoint Pawel Kowal as the Commissioner for Ukraine's Recovery. I know him as a great friend of Ukraine and I believe in reliable cooperation.

    One of the potential logistics projects that Polish businesses could join on a concession basis is the construction of the Krakowiec-Lviv-Brody-Rivne motorway, Poland's longest A4 motorway, which is part of the E40 pan-European corridor.

    Our countries share common interests, with democratic values as a top priority. Both our peoples know that Ukraine is fighting for the right to be free on its own land. We appreciate the support of the Polish people and are moving towards a common European future together."