Ukraine is ready to be a mediator in issues of security in the Asian region, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency cites the Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych as saying.
"We are open for a political dialog and are ready to provide mediation services if there is interest in this and if such a need arises," he said at the third summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia in Istanbul on Tuesday.
Viktor Yanukovych said that Ukraine wanted to participate in the implementation of the large-scale projects being discussed at the forum. In particular, this concerns the construction of transportation corridors and a search for new routes to export energy resources from Asia to Europe, he said. "The shortest and most reliable transit routes go through Ukraine," President of Ukraine stressed.
In addition, Viktor Yanukovych said Ukraine was ready to contribute to addressing issues of food security in the region.
The Head of the state said that Ukraine wanted to strengthen trade and economic relations with Asian states. "In this context, I want to draw your attention to the potential for joint economic projects in the Black Sea region," he said.
Viktor Yanukovych noted that Ukraine's strategic goal was to bring relations with the Asian region to a new level.
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