Belarus is key trading partner of Ukraine, says Zelensky
- 05 October 2019
Belarus is an important trading partner of Ukraine, so the countries should work on increasing mutual trade. One of the tools to achieve this goal is to hold events such as the Second Forum of the Regions of Ukraine and Belarus in Zhytomyr, APA reports citing Ukrinform.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said this at the Second Forum of the Regions of Ukraine and Belarus in Zhytomyr on Friday, the press service of the head of state reported.
“Obviously, such a forum should be held regularly. It strengthens the partnership between our countries in all areas, and, very importantly, not only at the level of the two capitals - Kyiv and Minsk, but also at the level of our regions and individual enterprises,” Zelensky noted.
“Such deep cooperation becomes an important component of our relations. The evidence is the signing of commercial contracts worth about $500 million within the Forum, as well as the expansion of the geography of our cooperation,” he stated.
In particular, Zelensky noted the beginning of the activity of the Ukrainian-Belarusian working group on interregional and cross-border cooperation. “Belarus is our key trading partner. Last year's trade turnover between our countries exceeded $5 billion. We can and should surpass the mark of $6-8 billion,” the president emphasized.
In turn, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko also agreed that Ukraine was one of the main trading partners for his country and called for increasing mutual trade. “We are ready to agree on increasing the supply of petroleum products to your enterprises. I believe that joint projects in this field should be supported in the future,” Lukashenko said.