published: 14.10.2013, 15:41 | updated: 14.10.2013 15:49:34
Kiev - Czech President Milos Zeman did not rule out in an interview for the Ukrainian desk of Radio Liberty today that Ukraine might in future join the Visegrad Group (V4), which now comprises the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.
However, Zeman pointed out that if the V4 were to be enlarged, the main candidate would be Slovenia.
"The enlargement of the Visegrad Group must be carried out step by step," said Zeman who will leave for Ukraine on Sunday.
"I myself advocate the opinion that Slovenia, which organically belongs to the Central European area and has joint history with the V4 members, is the first in a row," Zeman said.
In the interview he also supported the strengthening of the V4 countries´ contacts with Austria.
"I wish cooperation with Austria intensified, which would be 'Visegrad plus'," he said.
"I cannot see a reason why Ukraine could not be another member then, already within the 'Visegrad plus,'" he added.
However, the V4 group´s enlargement by the accession of Ukraine is a matter of a long-term perspective, Zeman pointed out.
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