PM Tsipras: Greece respects Ukraine’s sovereignty

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who is paying a visit to Ukraine, met on Thursday with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev.

In a joint statement after the meeting Tsipras said that they discussed the recent developments in the crisis in Ukraine and the efforts to find a solution to a crisis recently rekindled.

“The Greek people has close historic and cultural relations with the wider region,” said Tsipras adding that a large Greek community resides in the area of the conflict.

“We discussed the possibilites of a cooperation in the infrastructure, energy and tourism and the strengthening of the political bonds,” said the Greek premier adding that there must be a clear roadmap to overcome the crisis. “Greece respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and with President Poroshenko we talked bout the safety of the Ukrainian citizens of Greek descent.

“EU’s unity and solidarity to Ukraine is what I would like to see from the European Union,” the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

Poroshenko said among others he discussed with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras issues referring to tourism and energy. “We want to develop our cooperation in the construction of road networks in Ukraine to attract Greek investments and the Greek constructors. We also want to open seats in the departments of Greek language and literature in the Ukrainian universities.”