Polish, German foreign ministers pay visit in Ukraine

11:52, 17 June 2009
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A joint Polish-German gesture of solidarity

Foreign Ministers of Poland and Germany, Radosław Sikorski and Frank-Walter Steinmeier are making a joint trip to Ukraine today, Polskie Radio reported.

 Before leaving for Kiev, Minister Sikorski said that the visit was a joint Polish-German gesture of solidarity for the European aspirations of Ukraine, at a difficult time both economically and politically. He said the EU wanted to give a strong political signal that Ukraine has friends in Europe, and show encouragement in a practical way.  

 The two ministers will be meeting with top Ukrainian government representatives to discuss ways of solving the political impasse after the breakdown of coalition talks between Prime Minister Julia Tymoshenko and opposition leader Victor Yushchenko.

 Polish MPs in Berlin today after a joint session with the Bundestag will unveil a memorial plaque to Solidarity trade union with a fragment of the wall from the Gdańsk Shipyard. The ceremony will be attended by Speaker of the Polish Parliament Bronisław Komorowski, the Bundestag’s Norbert Lammert and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel.

Polskie Radio

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