German Foreign Minister To Visit Ukraine

BERLIN, Germany -- German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Polish counterpart Radoslaw Sikorski are to jointly visit Ukraine this week, German government sources announced on Monday.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier

The tripartite talks are to focus on the global economic crisis, which has hit Ukraine particularly badly, a foreign ministry spokesman said.

Further subject for discussion was Ukraine's 'internal political stalemate,' the spokesman added. Coalition attempts by Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko and the pro-Russian opposition Party of the Regions recently failed.

Ukraine's economy has been particularly hard-hit by the world financial crisis, and is the recipient of a multi-billion-dollar IMF rescue package.

Germany and Poland agreed on a joint initiative to support Ukraine during a European Union (EU) foreign ministers' council in April.

Source: DPA