25 Sep 2019 19:35

Zelensky invites Norwegian investors to produce gas in Ukraine

KYIV. Sept 25 (Interfax) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has invited Norwegian investors to produce gas in Ukraine.

Zelensky's office said the president met with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly and discussed with her the importance of maintaining a high level of cooperation between the two countries.

Zelensky "thanked Norway for its staunch support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity." The sides agreed to work on "bringing Norwegian investors into infrastructure and humanitarian projects to restore Donbas," his office said.

Norwegian business are expressing a significant interest in Ukraine in light of reports about improved transparency and anti-corruption initiatives, Solberg said.

"We are reforming our law enforcement bodies, we will have privatization, we will conduct reforms that help overcome corruption," Zelensky said.

He noted the importance of support in the energy sphere.

"We would be pleased to invite you there to produce gas. We have gas fields but we do not have enough technology. This is not simply a business interest but as geopolitical issue," he said.

The two also discussed alternative energy.

Zelensky briefed Solberg on the situation in Donbas. At the end of the meeting, Solberg presented Zelensky with a football, on which sustainable development targets were depicted.