The Government is prepared to intensify bilateral cooperation between Ukraine and Poland. Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal announced during a meeting with the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda on Monday, October 12.
The Head of Government noted the importance of the newly established Lublin Triangle and suggested that the President of Poland expand its format: "I propose to consider the possibility of a meeting of Prime Ministers of Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania. We have started to develop and strengthen the Lublin Triangle as a new format for tripartite cooperation," he said.
During the meeting, Denys Shmyhal thanked Andrzej Duda for Poland’s support in the process of involving Ukraine in the Three Seas Initiative project. "We are really interested in finding a formula and joining this cooperation initiative. This is one of the most important international priorities for us," the Head of Government said.
Moreover, the Prime Minister of Ukraine and the President of the Republic of Poland tackled the issues of transport infrastructure, in particular, the implementation of the Via Carpathia project, which will give impetus to the development of the western regions of Ukraine. Denys Shmyhal noted that one of the Government's priorities for the coming years is the construction of concession roads.
"The implementation of the President's project "Great Construction" sees an active stage in Ukraine. And concession highways are the next step of the program. I assure that from next year we will be able to jointly implement the first such project – to extend the A4 highway to the territory of Ukraine," stressed Denys Shmyhal.
According to the Head of Government, in this regard it is crucial to develop a common transit potential, namely to increase the quota for Ukrainian carriers. Denys Shmyhal noted that the Ukrainian-Polish Intergovernmental Commission could become a necessary platform for working out these issues and developing joint potential.
While discussing partnership in the energy sector, the Prime Minister stressed that Ukraine’s gas transit system is an integral part of the European Union’s energy security, and that Ukraine is committed to further use this tool to ensure EU security in the context of Nord Stream-2 pipeline construction project.
Besides, Denys Shmyhal expressed hope that Ukraine and Poland will prolong fruitful cooperation at customs. According to the Head of Government, the checkpoints where joint control is carried out operate successfully.
The Prime Minister of Ukraine thanked the President of the Republic of Poland for supporting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders, as well as for its unchanging position regarding the imposition of the EU sanctions against the Russian Federation.
Denys Shmyhal emphasized that Ukraine highly appreciates Poland's active participation in strengthening the military potential of our country and in supporting Ukraine's course towards integration with the European Union and NATO.
For his part, Andrzej Duda stressed that Poland remains a reliable partner of Ukraine and will continue its overall support for its European integration and Euro-Atlantic aspirations.