Ukraine, Kazakhstan agree to boost trade ties
Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov talked with his Kazakh counterpart Serik Akhmetov here Thursday, with both sides expressing the hope to further strengthen trade ties and cooperation in various fields, according to Xinhua.
"We have a great potential to be tapped in aerospace, energy, transportation, agriculture, science and technology," Azarov said.
Ukraine attaches great importance to mutually beneficial cooperation with Kazakhstan and is satisfied with the "fundamental" bilateral relations, which serve the interests of the two countries and peoples, he said.
Akhmetov's visit to Ukraine will help revitalize and inject new impetus into the bilateral partnership, Azarov said.
Akhmetov said the partnership between Kiev and Astana has enjoyed sound development, emphasizing that Ukraine is one of Kazakhstan's most important trading and political partners.
"We are ready to cooperate in all fields, including energy, transportation and aerospace. We need to reinforce the ties that we have today and give impetus to economic relationship development," Akhmetov said.
Akhmetov arrived in Kiev on Thursday for a two-day official visit.` The two-way trade between Ukraine and Kazakhstan reached 4.18 billion U.S. dollars in 2012, up 11.9 percent year on year.