Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba announced following the signing in London on October 8 of the Political, Free Trade and Strategic Partnership Agreement between Ukraine and the United Kingdom by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
"Europe has two flanks. There is a Western flank which is Great Britain. There is an Eastern flank which is Ukraine. And today these two flanks have become even closer. And that means that today Europe has become stronger," stressed the Ukrainian Foreign Minister.
The document attaches the strategic importance to the bilateral agenda and determines the main directions of the development of Ukrainian-British relations. The new format of relations will be implemented through two key mechanisms - the Strategic Partnership Dialogue and the Trade Committee.
The agreement reaffirms Britain's support for Ukraine's European and Euro-Atlantic integration aspirations. Particular emphasis is placed on deepening military and military-technical cooperation. The parties have fixed their commitment to improving cooperation in the field of migration, in particular, to continuing joint work on visa facilitation.
The British side will remain a reliable partner of Ukraine in counteracting Russian aggression and restoring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our state within internationally recognized borders. The two countries will coordinate the sanctions policy and promote initiatives in international organizations.
The Agreement places special emphasis on further development of trade and investment. The Ukrainian and British sides agreed to liberalize the conditions of trade in goods and services at a level not lower than provided for in the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union.
"I suggested to my British colleagues - and they supported this idea - to launch a special technical assistance program for Ukraine to tell and teach Ukrainian business, especially small and medium-sized businesses, to trade with the United Kingdom," said Dmytro Kuleba.
A separate annex to the Agreement is the "Protocol on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Customs" - a document that defines the parameters of cooperation between the customs authorities of Ukraine and the United Kingdom in combating fraud, smuggling and other offenses during cross-border movement of goods. The agreement reaffirms the intention of a tripartite approach to determining the rules of origin of goods, taking into account the further developments around the negotiation process between London and Brussels on terms of trade after 31 December 2020.