BERLIN, January 7. /TASS/. Germany and Ukraine signed an agreement to provide a 500 million euro purpose loan to Kiev, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy said on Wednesday.
The agreement was signed by Ukrainian Economic Development and Trade Minister Aivaras Abromavicius and Finance Minister Natalya Yaresko who are members of the delegation led by Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk and State Secretary of the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Matthias Machnig.
“The agreement regulates political aspects for providing the loan that Angela Merkel pledged to allocate to Kiev at end of August,” the ministry said.
Earlier in the day, Yatsenyuk met with German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel. The parties talked about the results of the parliamentary elections in Ukraine and the formation of the new Ukrainian government.
“Germany will continue support for Ukraine on its difficult way towards political and economic stabilisation,” Gabriel said.
Germany “makes important contribution to the restoration of eastern Ukrainian regions”, he said pointing to the need of carrying out reforms.
“The priority tasks are to ease tension on the basis of the Minsk agreements and to restore economic stability,” the ministry said.
Yatsenyuk said, “The funding will be used to restore bridges, hospitals, roads and the social infrastructure” in eastern Ukrainian regions.
Yatsenyuk, who arrived in Berlin on a two-day visit, conferred with German President Joachim Gauck. During the meeting, the Ukrainian premier urged the German authorities to continue support for Ukraine.
“Yatsenyuk stressed that he hoped for Germany’s aid in light of the difficult economic situation in the country,” DPA said referring to a participant in the talks.
The Ukrainian premier also said Kiev would fulfil its obligations within the Minsk agreements.
Yatsenyuk is also expected to meet with representatives of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations.
On Thursday, he will hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.