15:08 21.06.2013

German foreign minister pleased with meetings with Ukrainian authorities, opposition

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German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has said that they had a constructive atmosphere during his meetings with representatives of the Ukrainian government and the opposition.

"Today, we have had very good meetings in Kyiv, in particular the conversation with the president of Ukraine. The atmosphere was very constructive," he told reporters after a meeting with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in Kyiv on Friday.

Westerwelle said that Germany sees Ukraine as a country that focuses on Europe. According to him, they discussed a number of topical issues, in particular the energy sector, and the prospects for the signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.

He stressed that Germany would like to see the agreement signed, but Ukraine still needs to eliminate a number of obstacles on this way.

The minister noted that Ukraine still needed to hold a legislative reform, amend laws dealing with elections, and put an end to the use of selective justice in Ukraine.

"We see a great potential in the development of our economic relations," he said.

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