YEREVAN, July 22. / ARKA /. The next session of the Armenian-Ukrainian intergovernmental commission will be held at the end of the year in Yerevan, Ukrainian ambassador to Armenia, Ivan Kukhta, said today.
He said the session will discuss the prospects for further economic cooperation and, in particular, customs tariffs in the light of Armenia’s imminent accession to the Russia-led Customs Union and Ukraine's ratification of the Association Agreement with the European Union.
"Both Armenia and Ukraine are interested in boosting their bilateral relations on political, economic, cultural and humanitarian fronts,” Kukhta said at a press conference on Tuesday.
He recalled that a major portion of Ukrainian exports to Armenia is made of building metals, agricultural products and confectionery. Armenia exports to Ukraine brandy, agricultural and fish products.
According to official data, Armenian-Ukrainian trade turnover in 2013 fell by 5 percent from the previous year to $241.8 million. In the first five months of 2014 it fell further by almost 19 percent from the year earlier to $74.4 million.
The ambassador said that according to various estimates, there are about 450 thousands Armenians living in Ukraine. There is also a large number of Armenian architectural and cultural monuments, he said.
"Ukraine is doing everything possible so that all ethnic groups feel themselves as full citizens of the country, have opportunity to learn their languages, culture and history. Thus, the Lvov municipality in western Ukraine released 4 million hryvnas for the restoration of frescoes of the Armenian Cathedral in the city,’ he said. -0-