Belarus, Ukraine ready to remove restrictions in mutual trade
KYIV, 18 June (BelTA) - Belarus and Ukraine are interested in unimpeded access of their goods to the markets of each other and are ready to remove the restrictions in mutual trade, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said following the talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych, BelTA learned.
Alexander Lukashenko believes that the supply of technologically sophisticated products on leasing terms can be one of the reserves to increase the bilateral trade. In his opinion, the governments of Belarus and Ukraine should speed up the preparation of an intergovernmental agreement on the establishment of an enabling environment for leasing. The Ukrainian President has already given the relevant instructions to the government.
The central banks of the two countries will soon take joint measures to promote the use of modern financial instruments such as export crediting, international leasing in bilateral trade.
Alexander Lukashenko drew attention to the need for cooperation and for more beneficial use of transit capabilities of the two countries, coordination of the plans and actions in this field at the regional and international levels.
The Belarusian head of state noted that during the talks the two leaders agreed to intensify trade and economic relations between Belarus and Ukraine, especially in the field of industrial cooperation as the most advanced form of cooperation. The greatest prospects are connected with the development of joint ventures and enterprises in the field of agricultural engineering, urban passenger transport.
The Belarusian President stressed that one of the cooperation priorities is energy. The parties agreed to bolster ties in this area, including the training of nuclear energy personnel as Belarus is constructing its first nuclear power plant.
Alexander Lukashenko believes that interregional contacts have significant potential. In his view, there is a need to deepen the existing partnerships between all Belarusian regions and 24 regions of Ukraine, the Crimea, Kyiv and Sevastopol.
An important theme of the talks was cooperation in the cultural and humanitarian areas. It is planned that in 2014 Ukraine will host the Days of Belarusian Culture, and the Days of Culture of Ukraine will be held in Belarus in 2015.
Belarus is interested in strengthening cooperation with Ukraine in view of the rapid development of Eurasian integration. “We are ready for both bilateral and multilateral consultations in this field to develop harmonized approaches. Kyiv can count on a balanced approach on the part of Minsk in decision-making on the issues sensitive for the Ukrainian side,” underscored Alexander Lukashenko
The President of Belarus said that the talks across the whole range of bilateral relations with the Ukrainian counterpart were constructive and open. He expressed the satisfaction with the positive dynamics of cooperation. "We reaffirm the deep interest in bolstering the cooperation in all areas," said the Belarusian head of state. During the years of independence, we have been able to not just maintain but also to strengthen and expand significantly the Belarusian-Ukrainian relations at all levels. And today, our countries have reached the level of system-based long-term partnership, Alexander Lukashenko noted.