Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has offered President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda to expand the Lublin Triangle format.
"I propose to consider the possibility of a meeting of prime ministers of Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania. We have started to develop and strengthen the Lublin Triangle as a new format for tripartite cooperation," he said, as reported on the government portal.
During the meeting, Shmyhal also thanked Duda for Poland's support in the process of involving Ukraine in the Three Seas Initiative project.
"We are really interested in finding a formula and joining this cooperation initiative. This is one of the most important international priorities for us," he said.
Read alsoUkraine to host next Lublin Triangle meeting this autumn – FM KulebaMoreover, Ukraine's prime minister and Poland's president tackled the issues of transport infrastructure, in particular, the implementation of the Via Carpathia project, which will give impetus to the development of the western regions of Ukraine. Shmyhal noted the construction of concession roads is one of the government's priorities for the coming years.
"The implementation of the president's project 'Great Construction' sees an active stage in Ukraine. And concession highways are the next step of the program. I assure that from next year we will be able to jointly implement the first such project – to extend the A4 highway to the territory of Ukraine," Shmyhal said.
According to the prime minister, in this regard it is crucial to develop a common transit potential, namely to increase the quota for Ukrainian carriers. Shmyhal said the Ukrainian-Polish Intergovernmental Commission could become a necessary platform for working out these issues and developing joint potential.
- Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania agreed on a new format of interstate cooperation, the so-called "Lublin Triangle," Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba reported on July 28.
- Kuleba explained the Lublin Triangle would focus on "deepening interaction between our countries."
- Parties will engage in economic issues, trade, investment, infrastructure, and tourism, that is, everything that can bring the countries closer and make Central Europe stronger, as per the foreign minister.