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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Polish and Slovak presidents discuss Ukrainian crisis

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The Ukrainian crisis dominated the Tuesday meeting between Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski and his Slovak counterpart Ivan Gasparovic, who came for a two-day official visit to Poland.

 

At a joint press briefing President Komorowski noted that Poland and Slovakia cooperated in issues that "are very difficult and require huge concentration and attention," including the Ukrainian crisis and "paving the way for Ukraine's closer ties with the West."

 

The cooperation was aimed at "encouraging Ukraine and Europe to open the way of mutual cooperation," Bronislaw Komorowski said.

 

The Polish president stressed Slovakia's importance as a gas transit route to Ukraine and its role in increasing the troubled country's energy independence. Ukrainian and Slovak gas operators in late April signed a memorandum on reverse flow of up to 8 billion cubic meters of gas annually from Slovakia to Ukraine. Large quantities are banned under a deal with Russia's Gazprom.

 

"We must help Ukraine, but it first needs to help itself by stabilising its internal situation and drawing conclusions from what has happened there," President Gasparovic noted.

 

What Russia did in relation to Crimea constitutes a breach of international law, while the presence of its armed forces there is "a great tragedy of the peninsula," the Slovak president said.

 

The presidential meeting also focused on the issue of energy security. "I thank (President Gasparovic) for his declaration on supporting Poland in our efforts to strengthen European integration in the energy policy dimension,"Bronislaw Komorowski said.

 

The Polish president expressed hope that the cooperation of both countries would make it possible to organise the 2022 Winter Olympics in Krakow and the Tatra Mountains.

 

Joint organisation of the event could bring benefits to both countries, including improved infrastructure, according to Gasparovic.

 

President Komorowski thanked outgoing Gasparovic for the past 10 years of successful cooperation between Poland and Slovakia.

Ivan Gasparovic ends his second term in office in June. (PAP)

 

 

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