Ukraine will resume electricity supplies to Belarus, Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko has said.
"We agreed that Ukraine would resume electricity supplies to Belarus," he said at a joint press conference with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko in Chernihiv on Tuesday, following Ukrainian-Belarusian talks.
According to earlier reports, an intergovernmental memorandum on cooperation in the energy sector was signed after the talks.
The amount of electricity supplies to Belarus was not disclosed at the press conference, an Interfax-Ukraine reporter said.
Yuschenko said that the participants in the negotiations had focused on electricity deliveries via Belarus to the Baltic and European countries.
He said that it had been agreed that Lithuania would soon host a trilateral meeting (Ukraine-Belarus-Lithuania) with foreign ministers who will analyze and finalize projects for Ukrainian electricity supplies to Lithuania.
Yuschenko said that at the talks the sides had also discussed the implementation of the Eurasian oil transport corridor.
He recalled that he would present this project to the European Commission in Brussels in the coming week.
Yuschenko also stressed the need to draft all of the joint Ukrainian-Belarusian projects, which could be realized in 2009, before an upcoming meeting between the Belarusian and Ukrainian prime ministers.
He said that the projects would be taken "under presidential control." Ukraine halted electricity supplies to Belarus in July 2008. The commercial supplies of Ukrainian electricity to Belarus were suspended on July 1, 2007, because the country's state-owned Belenergo Concern refused to agree on a rise in power rates set by Ukraine.
Lithuania that plans to shut down Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant is considering the possibility of buying Ukrainian electricity and asked Belarus to assist in technical issues of its supply.