The President of Ukraine has held a meeting with the Visegrad Group delegation represented by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia Miroslav Lajcak, Foreign Ministers of Poland and the Czech Republic Grzegorz Schetyna and Lubomir Zaoralek, as well as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary Laszlo Szabo.
The President has emphasized that the international support, especially the assistance of the closest neighbors of Ukraine from the Visegrad Group, is extremely important for the European integration of Ukraine. "Application of the experience of your countries in certain spheres: struggle against corruption, reforms in social sphere, economic reforms, decentralization is increasingly important for the implementation of positive changes in our country," Petro Poroshenko said.
The Head of State has also noted that active implementation of pro-European reforms in Ukraine could result in transformation of the Visegrad Group from the format of 4 countries to the format of 5 countries including Ukraine. "We believe that active reforms in Ukraine will transform the Visegrad Group from V4 to V5".
Petro Poroshenko wants certain progress on the European integration of Ukraine to be achieved by the next Summit of the EU and Eastern Partnership that will be held in Riga in the first half of 2015. It particularly concerns visa liberalization and vision of Ukraine's prospects of receiving EU membership. According to the Head of State, transformation of V4 to V5 can become a reality, because Ukraine is willing to demonstrate results in the implementation of reforms. "If we manage to create a proper atmosphere before the Summit in Riga, i.e. certain success in reforms, visa-free regime with the EU and clear prospect of membership in the EU, we will be able to unite efforts of our countries," Petro Poroshenko noted.
The Head of State has also informed the Foreign Ministers on the humanitarian situation in the Donbas and the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements. He has drawn their attention to the necessity of fulfilling all the provisions of the Minsk protocol. According to him, there are certain positive changes in the peace process.
Diplomats of the Visegrad Group have expressed full solidarity with Ukraine in the protection of its territorial integrity and sovereignty. They have also expressed readiness to be involved in certain vectors of reforms in Ukraine. "Each country of the Visegrad Group will assume certain vector of reforms in Ukraine and focus on their implementation," Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia Miroslav Lajcak has emphasized. Slovakia will be responsible for energy and security reforms; Poland – for decentralization, local government reform and public finance administration; Czech Republic – for civil society, education and media; Hungary – for economic policy, development of small and medium business and establishment of free trade area between Ukraine and the EU.
The participants of the meeting have noted that despite certain specialization, the Visegrad Group would take joint measures to accelerate the European integration of Ukraine.