Ukraine hopes for the liberalization of the visa regime with Greece, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has said.
"We hope that at the level of bilateral relations, Greece will continue constructively changing its visa policy for Ukrainian citizens," Yanukovych said in Athens on Thursday, during a meeting with President of Greece Karolos Papoulias.
The Ukrainian head of state added that Ukraine highly appreciates the position of Greece on the liberalization of the visa regime between the two states, and its support for Ukraine's movement towards European integration, especially before the signing of the association agreement with the EU.
Yanukovych added that during talks with his counterpart he expressed Ukraine's support for Greece "in difficult times."
The Ukrainian president invited the president of Greece to make a state visit to Ukraine and continue the dialogue.
The Ukrainian president's press service said that during the meeting, Yanukovych said that the Ukrainian and Greek peoples have been united by mutual respect and support for a long time.
"The traditions and relations between the Ukrainian and Greek peoples do not depend on any political situations," he said.
"Greece and its people are facing a difficult period. Ukraine [is facing difficult times] too, but we are making a visit today, because we realize that it is high time to take a very active position, and we have to find a way to support and help each other. This will support the long, traditional good relations between Ukraine and Greece," Yanukovych said during a meeting with Papoulias in Athens on Thursday.
The president of Greece, in turn, welcomed his Ukrainian counterpart on behalf of the Greek people and said that his state visit was an important step in development of bilateral relations between the states.
"I am happy to welcome you and your delegation. This is a very important moment in the development of relations between our states," the president of Greece said.
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