Regional security, vaccination against COVID-19 and the development of border infrastructure were discussed by the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal and the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economic Development, Labor and Technology of the Republic of Poland Jarosław Gowin.
The Head of the Government of Ukraine noted that the dialogue between the countries has been actively developing recently, and this dynamics and content of contacts should be prolonged.
Denys Shmyhal thanked the Polish side for the effective support that Ukraine has felt in the context of the recent increase in the military presence of the Russian Federation near the Ukrainian borders and Crimea.
"We highly appreciate the compelling stand of the EU and NATO member states in the context of restoring Ukraine's territorial integrity," the Prime Minister of Ukraine said.
The parties also raised the issue of vaccination of the population against COVID-19. Denys Shmyhal thanked Poland, which, as part of the European Commission's initiative, expressed its readiness to provide Ukraine with 1.2 million doses of the vaccine.
"We count on the support of the Government of Poland in agreeing on a mechanism for the transfer of vaccines for Ukrainians in the near future," the Prime Minister stressed.
Among other things, the Prime Minister noted that Ukraine is closely monitoring the implementation of health certificates in the European Union and is ready to join the initiative to increase the mobility of the population.
In addition, Denys Shmyhal and Jarosław Gowin discussed the reform of Ukrainian customs and the development of border infrastructure. The Prime Minister of Ukraine noted that a significant increase in capacity on the Ukrainian-Polish border is an integral part of strengthening bilateral relations.
"Mutual cooperation in this direction is very important for us so that we can develop, increase trade turnover between the countries, destroy smuggling schemes and equip as many modern checkpoints as possible. This is one of the practical steps to expand our cooperation. Checkpoints are the doors between our countries, so progress in this area is important," said the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister of Ukraine also noted that in the context of increasing trade between the countries, the issue of Polish permits for international road transport arises.
"Given the growing volume of our bilateral trade, the number of car permits for Ukraine should be at least UAH 200,000. This will help reveal our mutual economic potential and improve the dynamics of trade," said Denys Shmyhal.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister of Ukraine also noted the importance of ensuring decent conditions and protecting the rights of Ukrainian migrant workers and students.
In conclusion, Denys Shmyhal thanked Jarosław Gowin and Poland for their firm support of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.