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KIEV, May 31 /TASS/. Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko vowed support for Odessa Governor Mikhail Saakashvili at a meeting on Monday. He instructed Saakashvili to contribute to the functioning of Ukrainian Navy headquarters in Odessa and see to the reconstruction of a road leading to Romania and Bulgaria.
"All conditions have been created for demonstrating concrete practical results. I can assure you that you have the support of the president, the prime minister and the government, which are doing everything possible to ensure early and effective reforms," the presidential press service quoted Poroshenko’s statement made at the meeting with Saakashvili.
Poroshenko and Saakashvili paid special attention to the need to ensure the functioning of the Ukrainian Navy headquarters in Odessa. The presidential press service clarified that Poroshenko had instructed the governor to render all-round assistance [to the Navy], including aid to those Ukrainian sailors who came from Crimea.
The Ukrainian president asked Saakashvili to take the construction of an international "Odessa-Reni" highway connecting Ukraine to Romania and Bulgaria under personal control. Poroshenko expressed the hope that Saakashvili would manage to find sources, including the EU funds, to finance the renovation of the Odessa-Reni road, which is in a dire state.
Poroshenko also advised the Odessa governor to actively develop tourism in the region. "The way in which the summer season passes in Odessa will be a litmus test for investors," the president said.