President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and President of Romania Klaus Iohannis are convinced that restoration of the Ukraine-Romania Joint Presidential Commission will become an efficient mechanism of enhancement of bilateral cooperation. Respective protocol was signed by the two Presidents following the negotiations.
“I am glad that we have managed to agree on the restoration of this mechanism after 9 years since the first and currently the last session. The next session of the restored Commission will take place in Kyiv,” the President said at the joint press conference following the meeting with the President of Romania.
“We are not satisfied with the present level of economic cooperation. We are confident that it is urgently necessary to organize the meeting of our intergovernmental commission that has not been held for 10 years. We must fully use the opportunities opened by DCFTA between Ukraine and the EU. We must demonstrate special approaches for business structures of the two countries,” the Head of State emphasized.
An important component of Ukraine-Romania cooperation is the enhancement of interpersonal contacts, as stated by the President. “We continue our joint work to simplify bilateral contacts. I am hopeful that the implementation of today’s agreements will become an important stage in the development of friendly, good-neighborly strategic relations of partnership between Ukraine and Romania,” Petro Poroshenko added.
The two Presidents praised the bilateral agreements on local border traffic and opening Orlivka – Isaccea border-crossing point. The Head of State is hopeful that the agreement on free-of-charge issuance of long-term national visas between Ukraine and Romania will be signed in the course of the opening of the Romanian Consulate in Solotvyno in May.
During the negotiations, the parties have paid special attention to the bilateral projects aimed at enhancing economic cooperation between Ukraine and Romania.
The President offered to accelerate the conclusion of the agreements on interconnectors between the gas transport systems of the two countries that will make Romania another possible gas provider for Ukraine. Petro Poroshenko expressed gratefulness to Klaus Iohannis for supporting this initiative. “I offered the Romanian side to use the potential of Ukrainian gas storage facilities. We are improving energy security of the whole region, not only Ukraine and Romania,” the President said.
The parties paid attention to the transport issue, particularly to the restoration of direct railway connection between the capitals of Ukraine and Romania, as well as bus connection between Chernivtsi and Bucharest. The Presidents are hopeful that direct air connection between Kyiv and Bucharest will also be restored shortly. “It will become even more topical after the entry into force of the Visa-Free Regime Agreement between Ukraine and the EU,” Petro Poroshenko noted.
Romania assured of its support for the visa-free regime between Ukraine and the EU, as stated by the President.
Special attention was paid to the issues of security. “Ukraine and Romania are neighbors and the issues of security are their common issues. Of course, it was the first priority of our negotiations,” Petro Poroshenko stressed.
The Presidents discussed the situation in the east of Ukraine. The Head of State noted that the two countries shared the same position in that issue: there cannot be any discussion about loosening sanctions against the country-aggressor until the aggression is terminated. Any partial loosening of sanctions in exchange for partial fulfillment of the Minsk agreements poses a direct threat to the resolution of the situation in Donbas. The Minsk agreements must be implemented in full.
In his turn, Klaus Iohannis emphasized the importance of full and immediate implementation of the Minsk agreements.
The President of Romania noted that the countries would continue close cooperation at regional and international level in economic, tourist, environmental and infrastructure spheres.
“Bilateral economic relations must be enhanced. We have mutual interests in the cross-border regions and in the sphere of unification of energy networks,” the President of Romania noted and added that “Ukraine remains an important part of the European energy architecture”.