Zelensky, Heger discuss energy security, economic cooperation

Zelensky, Heger discuss energy security, economic cooperation

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic Eduard Heger are convinced that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project undermines energy solidarity between European countries.

“Volodymyr Zelensky and Eduard Heger stated the strategic role of cooperation between Ukraine and Slovakia in ensuring Europe's energy security. They agreed that the Nord Stream 2 is a political project that undermines energy solidarity between the European countries,” the press service of the President’s Office informs.

Heger stressed that Slovakia had consistently supported the territorial integrity of Ukraine and condemned the occupation of Crimea. He also said that President of the Slovak Republic Zuzana Čaputová had confirmed her participation in the inaugural summit of the Crimean Platform, which will take place during the celebration of Ukraine's Independence Day in August.

"We have a principled position on the annexation of Crimea. It is a violation of international law by Russia," said Eduard Heger.

Volodymyr Zelensky informed the PM of Slovakia about the current situation in eastern Ukraine and the temporarily occupied territories.

The President of Ukraine also thanked the Slovak Government for the recent ratification of the agreement, which will allow the restoration of the full operation of Uzhgorod International Airport. The relevant bilateral agreement was signed during Volodymyr Zelensky's official visit to Slovakia last September.

The parties also exchanged views on the ways to intensify Ukrainian-Slovak trade, economic and sectoral cooperation.

As reported, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic Eduard Heger makes an official visit to Kyiv on Friday, May 28.

Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany is 94% built. A year ago, the construction was suspended due to U.S. sanctions. However, the new presidential administration recently softened its position in order to improve relations with Germany, removing Nord Stream 2 AG and its management from the sanctions list.

Ukraine, Poland, and the Baltic states oppose the construction of the pipeline.


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