Ukrainian President Set For Key German Tour

KIEV, Ukraine -- The President of European Union aspirant Ukraine will tour Germany later this month as part of its campaign for integration into the 27-nation bloc.

President Viktor Yanukovych

President Viktor Yanukovych will leave for Germany on August 30 "to convince the Germans that Ukraine is an asset for the European community," said Oleh Voloshyn, head of Ukrainian government's information policies.

"We see Germany as a country with interests in Ukraine's movement toward European standards in economy, leadership and energy," he told reporters at the Foreign Ministry on Thursday.

Voloshyn is optimistic about Berlin's support for Kiev's EU membership.

During his stay in Berlin, Yanukovych will discuss with German Chancellor Angela Merkel the issue of organized crimes and terrorism in the former Soviet Republic.

EU has set certain standards to be kept by aspirant nations in tackling these menaces during their course of integration.

Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Natalia Zarudnaya said issues concerning "further progress in liberalization of the visa regime will also be discussed."

Foreign Minister Kostiantyn Hryschenko is currently in Germany paving the way for Yanukovych's visit.

Ukraine is a key transit point for Russian oil and gas supplies to several European countries.

Source: RTT News