Lithuanian businessman Aivaras Abromavičius says he has agreed to become Ukraine's economy minister because he wants to help the country in a difficult situation and share his experience gained in the West.
Aivaras Abromavičius
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"It's now really hard for Ukraine in both economy and other areas. But this country is not foreign for me and this is why I decided to help it with what I can and know. President Petro Poroshenko has promised me that I will have all the conditions to implement my ideas, goals and that nobody and nothing will interfere with my work or work of other ministers. We will try to apply our experience gained in the West," Abromavičius told the Lietuvos Rytas daily.

In his words, Ukraine needs to attract foreign investments and work with assistance programmes to make the best use of the EU's support and structural funds.

He also regrets the fact that he will soon lose his Lithuanian passport after becoming a Ukrainian citizen, although his three children, born in Kiev, are Lithuanian citizens.

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