The chairman of the Odessa Regional State Administration discussed with the Director General of the European Commission the issues of security and expansion of exports

03 December 2018, 15:30
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The head of the Odessa regional state administration Maxim Stepanov met with the head of the Directorate General of the European Commission on Neighborhood and Negotiation on the enlargement of the EU, Christian Danishlson. The parties discussed cooperation with the EU Consultative Mission in expansion of civil security, exports, development of united communities. Particular attention was paid during the meeting to the act of military aggression of the Russian Federation in the Kerch Strait.

"The evidence testifies to the violation of all the norms of international law: both directly attack, and so-called" courts "with respect to our sailors. I am in constant contact with the leadership of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, including support for families of sailors. We must do everything in our power to return to Ukraine in a short time. In this we also count on the support of the European Union through all democratic channels. This is the fate of concrete people who did not violate anything, and were captured ", - said Maxim Stepanov. He thanked the European partners for their clear position on this matter.

The European delegation once again stressed that Russia's actions in the Kerch Strait are unacceptable.

"Our position is very clear: the Russian Federation must adhere to the convention on free traffic in seawater. Of course, such actions are unacceptable. The European Union calls for the release of seafarers, "said Christian Dennisson.

He also announced his willingness to continue to cooperate and support the Odessa region in expanding investment and infrastructure development.

Recall that over 9 months, the export of goods from the Odessa region to the EU countries has reached 286 million dollars, which is more than 23% of the total volume. Head of the Odessa Regional State Administration Maxim Stepanov announced the opening of the Export Promotion Support Center in the region. The goal of the project is to provide advice and in practice to help businesses export their products. Already, its experts are invited to cooperate with manufacturers of the Odessa region, who have a desire to export their goods abroad.