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Kyiv, Ukraine – The global edition of The New York Times – International Herald Tribune – dedicated a page to Ukraine in their Friday issue (April 20th). Articles on Ukraine included a feature on the European integration, article on trade with Middle East, as well as a piece sketching Ukraine – Turkey cooperation.
The page titled Partners in Growth begins with an analysis of prospects of enhancing commercial ties with Turkey. “Turkey is an important exporter to Ukraine, sending its food products – especially fruit and nuts – cars and clothes,” reads the text. Ukraine, in return, exports steel products, mineral fertilizers, and chemical and agricultural products to Turkey, says the article.
Summarizing the pros of closer cooperation with Turkey, the piece reminds that such policy fits within the so-called third way strategy outlined by the Ukrainian foreign minister Kostiantyn Gryshchenko. It suggests that an active foreign policy of increasing trade with non-EU and non-CIS states needs to be implemented.
The article on Ukraine’s European integration explains the role of Association Agreement on the way toward becoming a part of the EU. “Polish diplomats hailed the treaty [Association Agreement] as a breakthrough that puts Ukraine directly into the EU orbit,” says the text of the piece that looks onto the possibilities that agreement opens for Ukraine.
According to the article in the International Herald Tribune, Association Agreement targets to eventually lead to a political association and a free-trade area between Ukraine and the EU. Quoting the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Andriy Klyuyev, the article states that a free-trade area with the EU would boost the Ukrainian economy by two percent. Overall, association with Europe would allow Ukraine adopt high European standards, reckoned Minister Gryshchenko.
The International Herald Tribune also informs that the country is an important supplier of grain, goods and expertise to the countries of Middle East and North Africa. Unsurprisingly, Ukraine exports large amounts of grain to the region. Moreover, in October of 2011 the Ukrainian parliament ratified an agreement with Saudi Arabia on space cooperation.
The article puts focus on relations with Egypt and Saudi Arabia as Ukraine’s most active partners in the region.
Incidentally, Ukraine got exclusive coverage in The Washington Post in their February 1st special edition.