President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in discussed the current situation and global and regional counteraction to the spread of COVID-19 during a phone conversation.
“I wish the endurance and strength to all the citizens of the Republic of Korea, especially those who have been affected and lost loved ones as a result of the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. I want all patients to recover as soon as possible,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
The Head of State praised the experience and effectiveness of measures taken by the Republic of Korea to constrain the pandemic.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed gratitude for the prompt response of South Korean companies in the issue of the purchase of medical equipment and personal protective means needed by Ukraine to fight coronavirus.
"I am grateful to Korea for the speedy fulfilment of the contract for the sale of 100,000 PCR tests. They are already used in Ukrainian hospitals. Your support in this matter is important to us,” the President of Ukraine emphasized.
The parties also discussed the issue of providing humanitarian assistance to Ukraine in the form of medical equipment.
Special attention was paid to the further development of trade and economic cooperation. The parties expressed content with the growth of trade between the countries despite the negative effects of the pandemic on the world economy.
“COVID-19 should not destroy the international trade system and the existing economic ties. Ukraine is a reliable partner. I look forward to further developing economic ties and attracting investment from South Korean companies,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
The interlocutors noted a successful experience of implementing Korean investment projects in Ukraine, in particular in the agro-industrial sphere.
The parties also discussed the issue of introducing a visa-free regime between the two countries, which would facilitate the development of interpersonal contacts.
The Heads of State agreed to intensify political dialogue and exchange visits after the end of the pandemic.