Ukraine to suggest creating free trade area with the UK – Ambassador Halibarenko

Ukraine intends to start informal consultations on trade regime and will suggest creating a free trade area with the UK in the near future.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Natalia Halibarenko said this in an exclusive interview with Ukrinform.

"Indeed, while meeting with Theresa May, the Prime Minister of Ukraine proposed not to wait until 2019, when the UK plans to leave the EU, but to start informal consultations on the future of the trade regime between our countries in the short run. At the same time, we understand that the Government of the Great Britain has no right to conclude any bilateral agreements until formal completion of Brexit," Halibarenko said.

The Ambassador considers this to be a completely rational approach.

"We will have enough time to decide on the optimal model of bilateral economic relations that would be mutually beneficial for both sides. We will suggest creating a free trade zone with the UK," the Ambassador said.

According to Halibarenko, the British business considers energy sector, banking and IT sector and agrarian sector to be the most promising areas in Ukraine.


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