Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmygal met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Ukraine Etienne de Poncins.
At a meeting on Tuesday, April 14, the Head of Government thanked Mr. Ambassador for his assistance in returning Ukrainian citizens after the closure of borders.
"I express gratitude to France for helping to return the citizens of Ukraine. I also hope that France would not take any measures against Ukrainians who will not have a chance to leave the country for objective reasons, " said Denys Schmyhal.
Besides, the parties agreed to cooperate in two major strategic areas. Those are major infrastructure and Donbas rehabilitation projects. In particular, it applies to building of a water treatment plant in Mariupol.
"The Ukrainian side will fully support and fulfill all the conditions necessary for the implementation of this project," stressed Denys Shmyhal.
Another project concerns the production of locomotives. Within this program, Ukrainian enterprises can become part of a large production line.
"I am grateful to France for the development and readiness to finance this project, for this gesture of political and economic support," the Prime Minister of Ukraine accentuated.
One of the aspects of this program may be the disbursement of EUR 100 million by France for the modernization of railway sections, the rolling stock and the like.
Moreover, the Head of Government and Mr. Ambassador focused on cooperation in the energy sector.
During the meeting, it was agreed to hold an online meeting in the near future to discuss the implementation of such initiatives.