MOSCOW, November 14 (Sputnik) — European Commission's Vice-President Maros Sefcovic has assured Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that the European Union is ready to begin cooperation with a new Ukrainian government and discuss integration with the European Energy Union, Poroshenko’s press office said Friday.
"The EU and the international financial institutions are ready to begin further cooperation with the new Ukrainian Government as soon as possible," Sefcovic was cited as saying by Poroshenko’s official website.
According to Sefcovic, his trip to Ukraine shortly after his appointment as Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union was “symbolic to clearly demonstrate that I will continue the policy of energy cooperation pursued by my predecessor Mr. Oettinger”.
Sefcovic assured that the European Union is willing to discuss integration in the framework of the European Energy Union and said that he had discussed ways for the European Union to help attract investments and create conditions for Ukraine’s integration into the European energy system, Poroshenko’s press office said.
Ukraine held early parliamentary elections on October 26. Ukrainians cast their votes for 423 members of the country's parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, of which 225 were to be delegated into the parliament by party lists, while another 198 were to be elected in single-candidate constituencies.
Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk's party, People's Front, won 64 seats in the Verkhovna Rada, while President Petro Poroshenko's party, Petro Poroshenko Bloc, took 63 seats. The Samopomich (Self-Help), Opposition Bloc, Oleh Lyashko's nationalist Radical Party and Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) received 32, 27, 22 and 17 seats respectively. Svoboda did not pass the electoral threshold of five percent.