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Agricultural imports, railway communication, Ukraine's accession to EU what Shmyhal, Slovak Prime Minister agreed on

The countries want to establish joint production of engineering equipment for demining.

Agricultural imports, railway communication, Ukraine's accession to EU what Shmyhal, Slovak Prime Minister agreed on
Denys Shmyhal and Robert Fico
Photo: Press service of the Cabinet of Ministers

During his visit to Slovakia, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal met with Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico and reached a number of agreements.

According to the Ukrainian government's website, the two countries will cooperate in the energy, economic, and logistics sectors.

Among the agreements reached by the prime ministers:

  • Slovakia supported the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, condemned Russian aggression and supported Ukraine's accession to the EU;
  • The two sides agreed to work on the prompt cancellation of unilateral restrictions on Ukrainian agricultural products;
  • Ukraine hopes that the business community of Slovakia will participate in the reconstruction of our country. Representatives of Slovak business and the Government have been invited to a recovery conference in Berlin;
  • By the end of this year, we want to launch a direct passenger railway connection between Kyiv and Košice;
  • With regard to demining, they are talking about joint production of engineering equipment and the provision of ready-made machines for detecting and defusing mines;
  • Kyiv proposed to Bratislava to amend the agreements on the status of a number of border crossing points. The parties are preparing for negotiations with the European Connecting Europe Facility to attract investment in the development of the Chop-Cierna nad Tisou cross-border railway route;
  • by the end of 2028, it is planned to complete the reconstruction and modernisation of the Mukachevo - Veľké Kapušany electric interconnector. This will increase the possibility of exporting and importing electricity;
  • Slovakia will be able to use Ukraine's offshore oil terminal and Ukrainian gas storage facilities. The parties agreed to set up a joint working group to help diversify nuclear fuel supplies to nuclear power plants, which will be another step towards Europe's energy independence;
  • The two governments agreed to revise the contractual framework for financial, technical, economic cooperation and social protection by mid-2025.

Following the intergovernmental consultations, Ukraine and Slovakia signed a number of agreements, including the Roadmap for Joint Action and the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Nuclear Energy Sector.

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