26 Nov 2019 17:02

Ukraine interested in joining Three Seas Initiative - Zelensky

TALLINN. Nov 26 (Interfax) - Ukraine is interested in joining the Three Seas Initiative, the country's President Volodymyr Zelensky said in Tallinn on Tuesday.

"Today, we will discuss the implementation of the Three Seas Initiative. Ukraine is interested in joining it," Zelensky told journalists during an official delegation visit to Estonia.

Ukraine is interested in bilateral cooperation in the regions of the Baltic and Black Seas, he said.

The initiative is an informal platform for cooperation between 12 Central European countries located by the Baltic, Black, and Adriatic seas. It was proposed by Poland and Croatia in 2015.

The initiative's top priority is to ensure infrastructural and economic unity along the North-South axis. Some media outlets said that the project aimed to get Eastern Europe to switch from Russian natural gas to produce of other countries, including the U.S.

The members of the initiative are Poland, Croatia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Austria.

Estonia is hosting the group's summit in 2020. Estonian media reported in June that the summit could be attended by U.S. President Donald Trump, who had already been to one such meeting, in Warsaw in July 2017. He did not attend the one held in Bucharest in 2018, instead sending a greeting to attendees.

According to the Estonian Foreign Ministry, the U.S. supports the initiative's objectives.