Ukrainian parliament ratifies free trade agreement with Israel

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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has ratified the agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of the State of Israel on free trade.

A total of 230 MPs voted for the relevant bill #0223 on ratification. At least 226 votes were required to pass the law.

The State Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade Oleksii Perevezentsev said that the agreement would increase exports to Israel by at least USD 63.5 million a year.

“This is more than 10% of 2017’ exports,” the state secretary stressed.

In addition, the Ministers of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and Israel, Arsen Avakov and Aryeh Deri signed the Declaration on Intensification of Cooperation, which will put an end to the misunderstandings when crossing the border.

This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.

“According to the State Border Service of Ukraine statistics, 4,500 citizens of our state were refused to cross the border in 2017, 3,500 Ukrainians in 2018, and now, in half a year, 2,500 of our citizens were unable to visit your country,” Avakov told to his Israeli colleague.

According to Avakov, “the signed declaration would finally put an end to misunderstandings when crossing the border.”

In turn, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Israel thanked for the hospitality and expressed his hope that the signed document would allow the citizens of Ukraine and Israel to fly more often to each other.

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