01:00 23.05.2018

Groysman, Kaljulaid discuss ways to counteract Nord Stream 2 construction, to develop bilateral trade

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Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman and Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid have met in Kyiv to discuss a wide range of geopolitical and economic issues.

In particular, the two officials discussed "the possibility of jointly counteracting the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and popularizing the capabilities of the Ukrainian gas transport system," the Ukrainian Cabinet's press service said.

Ukraine and Estonia have friendly relations in economy, and bilateral trade has potential for growth, the Estonian president said. "I am optimistic about the development that is possible between our countries," she said.

The prime minister stated that the Ukrainian government is now actually building a new state - most spheres are being reformed. At the same time, he noted, all the changes are taking place amid ongoing hybrid aggression.

"We once underestimated the threat Ukraine is now facing, but our current strategy is that we remain committed to European values and the policy of sanctions against the aggressor country," the Estonian president said.

Groysman later wrote on Facebook that he had many common topics for talks with Kaljulaid - from countering Russia's hybrid aggression to the development of trade relations.

"Tallinn is interested in cooperation in information technology, energy efficiency and energy saving, in transportation, primarily in freight traffic. We are interested in raising Estonian investment in the Ukrainian business sector. Especially after the total amount of Estonia's investment in the Ukrainian economy last year exceeded $200 million," the Ukrainian prime minister wrote.

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