The visit of the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to Ukraine, highlights, in the context of an active, multidimensional foreign policy, the particular importance that Greece attaches to the wider geographical region, including the Black Sea neighbourhood by promoting peace, regional stability, security and development. Tsipras also met on Thursday with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev. They discussed the recent developments in the crisis in Ukraine and the efforts to find a solution to a recently rekindled crisis.
As stated by Alexis Tsipras,during his visit, Greece has a keen interest in the wider Black Sea neighbourhood, to which it is linked historically and culturally through the existence of substantial homogeneity as well as economical, energy and security sectors.
In this context, Greece is interested and cares for, especially in the difficult environment created by the latest developments, for the security and prosperity of the Greek communities living in Azov and especially in the wider conflict area.
This was also underlined during the meeting that the Prime Minister had with the representatives of the Greek community in the afternoon in Kiev. Alexis Tsipras described them as the worthiest ambassadors of Greece, and assured the Greek community of Ukraine, of the substantial support of the Greek government
On the Greek side the regional developments in the Black Sea and especially the Ukrainian crisis are acknowledged as directly affecting the security environment and the energy map of the region. The visit to Ukraine fits into this framework and is of particular importance as it comes at a critical juncture for the Ukrainian crisis.
At the same time, the visit is part of the overall effort to intensify the Greek bilateral contacts with the countries of the region. In this context, the Ukrainian political leadership discussed bilateral – mainly economic – relations and EU-Ukraine relations.
The Greek Prime Minister’s visit highlights the firm support of the need for peace in Ukraine with the full implementation of the Minsk agreements.
Alexis Tsipras, also 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 recently rekindled crisis.
“The Greek people have 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 our cooperation in infrastructure, energy and tourism and the strengthening of our 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 about the safety of Ukrainian citizens of Greek descent.
Tsipras later had a meeting with representatives of Ukraine’s large Greek community, estimated to exceed 100,000, many of which live in the areas of where there is military tension with the Russian element. Athens is primarily concerned for their safety, an issue raised during Tsipras’ meeting with Ukraine’s leadership./IBNA