FM Liberman met with Ukrainian President Yushchenko and Foreign Minister Poroshenko. He is also due to meet with Prime Minister Tymoshenko.

 FM Liberman meets with Ukrainian leaders


FM Liberman and FM Poroshenko signing consultation agreement in Kiev (Photo: MFA) 

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman met today (Monday, 7 December 2009) in Kiev with Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and Foreign Minister Petro Poroshenko. He is also due to meet with Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko.

FM Liberman and FM Poroshenko discussed bilateral issues, world terror, the Iranian issue and the Israeli-Palestinian relationship. FM Liberman also briefed his counterpart on the situation in the Middle East.

The two foreign ministers signed a protocol regarding consultation and continuous cooperation between the two foreign ministries. They also discussed the necessity of promoting the signing of agreements between the two countries regarding the mutual abolishment of visa requirements, investment security and a free-trade agreement to enhance the economic relationship. It was also agreed that the two countries would cooperate on the issue of international institutions.

FM Liberman expressed his appreciation of the Ukrainian refusal to build the nuclear plant in Bushehr in the 1990s, despite tempting offers from Iran. He further stated that Iran is a source of instability and constitutes a threat to the entire world. If Iran does indeed obtain nuclear weapons, a frantic arms race will begin in the Middle East.

The foreign ministers also discussed bilateral cooperation on the struggle against terror. FM Poroshenko offered his country’s cooperation on the issue of the Somali pirates and suggested the organization of a conference with the participation of Israeli experts on the struggle against terror and kidnappings.

Various issues were discussed at the meeting with President Yushchenko. One issue was the possibility of involving Israeli computer and security firms in the European soccer championship, which will be held in Ukraine in 2012. The two leaders also discussed cooperation on ecological issues such as green energy and water purification, and emphasized the promotion of cooperation on MASHAV-related issues, such as the project currently in progress in Kharkov.

President Yushchenko extended an invitation to President Peres to visit the Ukraine in 2010.