President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a meeting with Federal Chancellor of Austria Werner Faymann.
The Head of State expressed gratitude to Austria for its support of Ukraine on the way to the EU, particularly he noted: "Austria is a reliable partner of Ukraine, its strong ally and defender in the process of European integration". The President addressed the Federal Chancellor with a request to accelerate ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU by the Parliament of Austria. He noted that Ukraine had fulfilled all the procedures necessary for the beginning of the Agreement's implementation starting from November 1.
On behalf of the people of Ukraine, the President expressed gratefulness to Austria for its constant support of Ukraine in the establishment of peace, especially for the participation in the OSCE mission and the supply of UAVs for the monitoring of the situation on the border.
The Head of State emphasized that the main topic of discussion had been the de-escalation of the conflict in certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and the implementation of the Peace Plan of the President. "We reached an agreement that all items of the Peace Plan must be fulfilled including strict control over the Ukrainian-Russian border with participation of the OSCE representatives which must ensure monitoring and verification of the ceasefire regime, liberation of all hostages and holding of the elections in certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions on December 7," the President said.
Significant attention has been paid to economic cooperation. Austria is the 5th foreign economic partner of Ukraine in terms of investments and the potential of cooperation is huge, the Head of State noted.
The President expressed gratitude to the Government and business of Austria for the initiatives that had been discussed at the meeting. Particularly, in Austria, top managers of Ukrainian companies study export opportunities and the work at the European market. Austria will participate in providing equipment to the children's hospital "Okhmatdyt" in Kyiv. "We also appreciate humanitarian initiatives of Austria in the restoration of the infrastructure in the Donbas and the organization of winter holidays in Austria for 200 children living in districts liberated from occupation," the Head of State stressed.
Petro Poroshenko also informed that the parties had negotiated the establishment of special conditions of investment climate that would simplify the work of the European investors. The President noted that the following week, at the extraordinary session, the Parliament would consider a series of draft laws that would ensure the fulfillment of Ukraine's obligations on the struggle against corruption. Petro Poroshenko expressed hope that the Verkhovna Rada would adopt the draft law on the establishment of anti-corruption bureau suggested by him.
Also, the Head of State expressed hope that cooperation between respective Austrian bodies and the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine would be established. During June-September, the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine has been submitting requests on the provision of international legal assistance in criminal proceedings against former senior officials of Ukraine, including Viktor Yanukovych, in order to investigate crimes of the previous government.
In his turn, the Federal Chancellor of Austria emphasized that his country respected the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. "I would like to underline our support of the Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity. These are our values that we share in the EU and Europe," he said.
Werner Faymann highly evaluated the efforts of Petro Poroshenko aimed at the establishment of peace in the Donbas. "I know that you do a lot for peace. We welcome such an approach," the Chancellor of Austria stressed.
Werner Faymann emphasized that Austria and the entire EU supported the Peace Plan of the Ukrainian President and added that military solution to the conflict would have no prospects.