Under the chairmanship of the First Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Natalia Galibarenko and State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Peter Burian the parties discussed current state of bilateral relations in political, trade and economy, energy and other spheres. They spoke in support of further extending cooperation with regard to sharing Slovakia’s European integration experience with Ukraine. Heads of delegations signed the Plan of inter-ministerial consultations for 2014-2015 in order to maintain high dynamics of contacts between the two foreign ministries.
Developments in the Eastern and Southern Ukraine were in the focus of attention of both parties. P.Burian evaluated positively the Government of Ukraine approach to stabilising situation in these regions. He also reiterated Bratislava’s firm view on non-recognition of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea annexation by Russia and his country’s support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine. According to the State Secretary of the Slovak Republic the so-called referendums held on May 11 in Donetsk and Luhansk regions are unlawful.
During the consultations the sides called for a prompt introduction of the visa-free regime for the citizens of Ukraine visiting the EU countries. Also, the Slovak party emphasised that under its upcoming presidency in the Visegrad Group (from July 1, 2014) Ukraine will be one of the priorities.