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February 25, 2021

PMs Yatsenyuk, Ponta Leanca’s historical trilateral meeting sends clear common message of support for stability in the region

Romania and Ukraine signed on Thursday in Kiev the small border traffic agreement that facilitates the border crossing conditions for all  persons who have been legally living for three years in the border area of the two countries. These persons have the right to cross the Romanian-Ukrainian border without a visa, based on the small border traffic permit.
The agreement signed by the Ukrainian and Romanian Prime Ministers Arsenyi Yatsenyuk and Victor Ponta regulates the conditions on conducting the small border traffic, namely the frequent crossing of the Romanian-Ukrainian state border by the residents of Romania’s or Ukraine’s border area who plan to remain in the border area of the other state, mainly for social, cultural, family or economic-justified reasons, for a period not exceeding three months of uninterrupted stay.
The agreement applies to the inhabitants of an area of 30 kilometers on both sides of the common border, an area that can be extended to maximum 50 kilometers from the border in the case of the administrative-territorial units located beyond the 30 kilometers limit.
During the signing ceremony, Victor Ponta handed a document over to his Ukrainian counterpart, reading  that Romania accepts to set up a consular office of Ukraine in Romania, most likely at Sighetu Marmatiei, while claiming for a Romanian consulate in the Ukrainian area of Transcarpatia, at Solotvino to be set up.
Victor Ponta arrived in Kiev after a short stopover in Chisinau from where he flew to Ukraine’s capital together with Moldovan Premier Iurie Leanca to attend together a trilateral meeting Ukraine-Romania-Republic of Moldova. In Kiev, Ponta had a bilateral meeting with Yatsenyuk and then attended a working lunch with his Ukrainian counterpart, where Moldova’s Prime Minister Iurie Leanca also participated.
Victor Ponta described the three-party meeting in Kiev between the Romanian, Ukrainian and Moldovan prime ministers as a historic one.
“I thank for the invitation to be in Kiev in a historic formula because there has been no visit of a Romanian prime minister to Kiev over the past twenty years and for sure no meeting between the three prime ministers. If someone had asked me until now to describe the relations between Romania and Ukraine, I could have said only neighbours. I wish that as of today, we can say also friends, not only neighbours,” the Romanian premier pointed out.
He used this opportunity to stress the need of regional stability and to voice again Romania’s firm commitment to support Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova in their efforts to take new steps for coming closer to the European Union.
“Romania calls for lifting of visas for Ukraine as soon as possible, as it was achieved in the case of [Republic of] Moldova. … I believe that this decision should be taken at EU level for the Ukrainian citizens,” Ponta told a joint press conference with his Ukrainian counterpart Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca., reported Agerperes.

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