Poland to Support Ukraine EU Membership Bid

KIEV, Ukraine -- Poland will actively support Ukraine on the road to the European Union (EU) while Kiev counts on the wide experience gained by Warsaw' in EU membership negotiations. Such is the leading idea of discussions on the first day of talks between Wlodzimierz Czymoszewicz, Marshal of the Polish Sejm, and Ukrainian partners. On Thursday, on the final day of his visit to Kiev, Czymoszewicz is to meet with Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko.

Integration into Europe was discussed on Wednesday during Czymoszewicz meetings with Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada (parliament) Speaker Vladimir Litvin and Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko. Czymoszewicz received assurances that the Verkhovna Rada "will support Ukraine's policy course towards integration into Europe" and will ratify all the necessary documents. However, Litvin pointed out, "much will depend on a new make-up of parliament to be elected in 2006".

During the upcoming meeting with Viktor Yushchenko, the Marshal of the Polish Sejm intends to raise the subject of a continuation of the construction of the Odessa-Brody oil pipeline towards Plock so that the Heads of Government of the two countries could discuss the matter in specific detail early in March.