Czech Republic and Ukraine Launch New Economic Relationship
The two countries also agreed to expand military and technical cooperation
In what was the first visit of a Czech Prime Minister to Kyiv since 2008, the Czech Republic’s Andrei Babis and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced a relaunch of relations between the two states.
“When we talk about ‘restarting,’ it is a desire to meet and a desire to negotiate. This visit indicates that we are reaching a new level of relations between our countries,” Zelensky said.
Along with Czech government leadership, 85 Czech entrepreneurs arrived in Kyiv this week for the Ukrainian-Czech Business Forum.
The program focuses on economic cooperation, business conditions in the two countries, the Czech experience integrating into the European Union market, and other issues.
The Ukrainian leader also thanked Prague for supporting Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
Ukraine and the Czech Republic also agreed to expand military and technical cooperation, “in particular, to launch production cooperation in certain high-tech fields,” Zelensky said.
The Ukrainian president thanked the Czech government for “removing all barriers” to trade in military-industrial products with Ukraine.
Babis invited Zelensky to visit the Czech Republic, which currently presides over the Visegrad Group – also consisting of Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia.
“We will see each other more often,” Babis said.