ForMin Corlatean set to visit Kiev within short

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Titus Corlatean announced on Tuesday that he will visit Kiev within short, at the invitation of his Ukrainian interim counterpart Andriy Deshchytsia.

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"We agreed that I should travel to Kiev in the immediate period to discuss ways to ensure protection at European standards for the Romanians living in Ukraine and I welcomed the fact that Ukraine's acting President refused to sign the decree enacting the law that repeals the old piece of legislation on regional and minority languages," Corlatean said at the end of discussions with the members of the joint parliamentary Foreign Policy Committees dedicated to the Ukraine crisis.

The Romanian chief diplomat said that on Tuesday morning he had a telephone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart on Romania's position on the situation in the neighboring country.

"I informed the members of the parliamentary committees of the content of my phone discussion this morning with the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs. Romania's position is well appreciated, its firm principle-abiding stance of respecting Ukraine's territorial integrity, sovereignty and of condemning, alongside the European and Euro-Atlantic partners, the obvious violation of these prerogatives of sovereignty, of this aggression by the Russian military actions on a territory that belongs to the Ukrainian state," said Corlatean.

At the same time, the Romanian chief diplomat announced that the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs plans to send a negotiation team to Kiev to complete the small-scale border traffic agreement between Romania and Ukraine.

"We equally agreed to speed up negotiations for the completion and signing of the small-scale border traffic. There are still one or two items in suspension that were not completed in the previous negotiations with the former Ukrainian government. Romania will promptly send a team of negotiators to Kiev to try to identify the final solutions. This will be a major decision of support on the part of Romania. The visa-free, free of charge movement within a range of 30 to 50 km on both sides of the border, based on the permits the Romanian side is authorized to issue," said Corlatean. AGERPRES

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