Slovakia is the gate to Europe

Slovakia is the gate to Europe

Slovakia is for us the gate to Europe. That was one of the key assertions of the new Ambassador of Ukraine, Jurij Muška, at the meeting with journalists few days after he delivered his credentials to prezident Andrej Kiska.

It is quite understandable, that Jurij Muška started his speech with the situation in eastern Ukraine, which has recently worsened again. He has zoomed in on several sides of the situation, whether it was politics and millitary or economy and the humanitarian aspect. The attacks are supposed to, among other things, paralyze production and supply of electricity and heat, which is worsening already tough lives of citizens in this area. ,,We need peace and to move troops and heavy weapons out of this area as soon as possible.” emphasised Ambassador.

To understand the context, his next words were very important: ,,We are not fighting Russia, we fight for our values.” That is what it is mainly about from the start. Moscow is responding with aggression to the decision of Ukraine, that it belongs to Europe and wants to adapt its’
values.

And this struggle is going on not only on the front lines but in many other spheres.

European Union is nowadays clearly the biggest partner of Ukraine, its members already account for more than 40% of Ukraines international trade.

After drastic reduction in ecomonic development in years 2014-2015 mainly in the result of war, Ukraine starts to gradually invigorate its economy, and international institutions are predicting approximately 2% increase of the Ukrainian economy in the year 2017, and twice as much in the following year.

Ukraine is our largest neighbor with remarkable potential. It belong to the biggest European agricultural producers, which goes hand in hand with interesting food industry, and it is also very powerful in the spheres of metallurgy and energetics, as well as having a strong base of experts, scientists and qualified work force. Meeting in Bratislava talked principally about ways to use those and other advantages more for the development of bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

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