Former French leader Nicolas Sarkozy came to Odesa, southern Ukraine; the main reason for his visit was the 7th Black Sea Summit, which this city hosts now. Delegations of fifteen countries came to the Summit.
The politician willingly accepted the invitation to come to Odesa and share his vision of the process called 'the development of Europe of regions'. The Ukrainian side was represented by the local MPs, regional counselors Viktor Baransky and Vitaliy Sautenkov; in spring, they held a round of meetings with MEPs in the European Parliament to promote the event and raise awareness in the European Parliament of Odessa as a major transportation centre.
The French politician and the Ukrainian officials concluded that the deeper cooperation between Odesa and European regions is one of the keys to faster development of Odesa and Odesa region.
Sarkozy joined the ceremony of planting the Alley of Ukrainian-French friendship and attended the exhibition of the local museum of Western and Eastern Arts.