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Ukraine and Poland sign energy cooperation memorandum

Ukraine and Poland signed a memorandum on cooperation
Ukraine and Poland signed a memorandum on cooperation

A memorandum on cooperation between Ukraine and Poland in the energy sphere has been signed within the framework of inter-governmental consultations in Warsaw, Ukraine's Energy Ministry reported on March 28.

Ukraine's Deputy Minister of Energy, Mykola Kolisnyk, and Poland's Climate and Environment Minister, Paulina Hennig-Kloska signed the document.

"The document envisions the development of joint programs and projects of mutual interest aimed at restoring energy infrastructure affected by the war and taking steps towards greater integration of energy markets," said Kolisnyk.

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"We thank Poland for its readiness to create conditions conducive to the participation of Polish companies in Ukraine's energy sector restoration."

The memorandum outlines collaborative efforts in developing climate-neutral technologies, expanding distributed generation, and enhancing the transportation of natural gas and petroleum products.

Key points regarding the Ukrainian-Polish border blockade:

  • Polish protesters initiated the blockade on Feb. 20, affecting several checkpoints.

  • Farmers put forward numerous demands, including two main ones: refusal of duty-free trade with Ukraine and complete closure of the Ukrainian-Polish border for trucks

  • This action led to political tensions and damage to Ukrainian agricultural goods.

  • The European Parliament Committee supported extending duty-free trade for Ukraine on March 7, 2024.

  • Ukraine responded by expressing readiness to restrict trade with the EU on its terms.

  • Polish farmers intensified their strike on March 20, completely halting truck traffic at Yahodyn and Rava-Ruska border crossings.

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