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Swedish And Lithuanian Diplomats To Visit Ukraine

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Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs to visit Ukraine together with Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs

 

 

Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström and Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius will visit Ukraine on 17–18 November. The joint visit demonstrates Sweden’s and Lithuania’s support to Ukraine, both politically and of its reforms.

The ministers will visit Kyiv and Kharkiv. During their visit, the ministers will visit various official representatives, including President Poroshenko, Prime Minister Yatsenyuk and Minister of Foreign Affairs Klimkin, and representatives of the region and the city of Kharkiv.

The ministers will also meet civil society organisations and students.

The trip reflects the great importance Sweden and Lithuania attach to Ukraine.

Sweden and Ukraine

Sweden’s relations with Ukraine are good and exchange visits have been frequent in recent years. Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström visited Ukraine in November 2014. Ukraine’s closer ties with the EU are central to Sweden’s relations with Ukraine.

Relations between the EU and Ukraine are based on an association agreement.

An important part of this new agreement is the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) which, in addition to substantial trade facilitation in both directions, means that Ukraine has aligned important elements of its trade laws and regulations with those of the EU.

Ukraine and the EU have also concluded a visa facilitation agreement, which entered into force in 2008. A dialogue is being conducted on the long-term goal of visa-free travel.

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