Ukraine and Austria are willing to continue and develop bilateral cooperation. It was stated by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during the conversation with media representatives upon completion of the negotiations with President of Austria Alexander Van der Bellen.
“We are willing to support the dynamics of our bilateral relations. Mr. President, I would like to thank you for your personal position on the expansion of cooperation between Austria and Ukraine. I am grateful to you for that,” the Head of State noted.
Petro Poroshenko thanked Alexander Van der Bellen for the invitation to visit Austria: “We really appreciate this special moment aimed to show Vienna's special attention to strengthening partnership between Austria and Ukraine”.
“I emphasize that we have held very fruitful and useful negotiations with Mr. President. We have discussed the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of our diplomatic relations and the expansion of economic cooperation,” he added.
The President stated: Ukraine and Austria are satisfied with the level of bilateral relations.
“I can say that we are content with the dynamics of our relations in economic and political directions. There is a complete understanding and full coordination between Ukraine and Austria in the international organizations,” he noted.
“I am grateful to Austria for supporting Ukraine in the EU. I would like to pay special attention to the policy of sanctions against Russia until full implementation of the Minsk agreements, we have discussed that during the meeting,” the President added.
The Head of State stands for the creation of the joint commission for the joint study of history. This issue was also discussed during the meeting. He believes “history between Austria and Ukraine unites us”.
Petro Poroshenko informed that the President of Austria accepted his invitation to visit Kyiv in March. “We look forward to your visit,” he added.
In turn, the President of Austria reminded that Austria was one of the first countries to recognize Ukraine’s independence. “Since then, our relations have been continuously evolving in different directions, in particular in cultural, scientific and political spheres. Austria has a large number of Ukrainian students, there are also Austrian citizens with Ukrainian origin,” he said.
The President of Austria noted the success of our state, particularly in the visa liberalization with the EU. “This shows that the European community is very positive towards Ukraine and every positive step is monitored with great attention,” he stressed.
“I would like to express my great respect for the efforts of Ukraine so actively aimed at the European direction and future membership in the European community,” Alexander Van der Bellen added.