UJ.com
                        MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2019
Make Homepage /  Add Bookmark
Front Page
Nation
Business
Search
Subscription
Advertising
About us
Copyright
Contact
 

   Username:
   Password:


Registration

 
GISMETEO.RU
UJ Week
Top 1   

    
Nation    

Natanyahu arrives in Ukraine for talks
Journal Staff Report

KYIV, Aug. 18 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received the traditional bread-and-salt gesture of hospitality from young Ukrainians dressed in embroidered attire after he and his wife Sara landed in Kyiv on Sunday for a two-day visit to Ukraine, RFE/RL reported.

Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko was at the airport to greet Netanyahu, who is the last Israeli head of government to visit the country more than 20 years ago.

Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, both of whom are Jewish.

According to the Ukrainian presidential website, the Israeli prime minister will on Monday hold talks with Zelenskiy in the morning at the refurbished presidential Mariyinskiy Palace before presiding over the signing of bilateral documents.

After delivering official speeches, both will head to the Babyn Yar memorial, where Nazis killed more than 33,000 Jews in 1941. By the end of World War II, some 100,000 people considered “undesirables” or regarded as a threat to German authority, including Soviet prisoners of war, partisans, Ukrainian nationalists, and Roma, were executed at the site.

Netanyahu also will commemorate the victims of the Holodomor, a man-made famine in the 1930’s orchestrated by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and his henchmen that killed millions of Ukrainians, according to The Times of Israel.

Kyiv has in the past asked Jerusalem to formally recognize the famine as a genocide.

In a video message, Netanyahu said discussions in Kyiv will touch upon the "establishment of a free trade area, the pensions agreement, and a host of other issues that will further strengthen the excellent relationship between the two countries."

Kyiv has agreed in principle to pay pensions to Ukrainian immigrants who settled in Israel after Ukraine became independent in 1991, but the measure has not yet passed in the Ukrainian parliament, according to The Jerusalem Post.

It said that the issue concerns up to 8,000 people living in Israel, where more than 200,000 Ukrainian immigrants have arrived since 1990.

When the two countries signed a free-trade pact in January, Netanyahu hailed “strong” relations between the two countries, saying they are based on “deep historical and cultural roots.”

“Ukrainian Jews make up a significant portion of the population of Israel. And Ukraine is home to a large Jewish community,” he told then-President Petro Poroshenko.

The free-trade deal, which aims at canceling duties for approximately 80 percent of Israeli industrial goods and 70 percent of Ukrainian industrial products, has been ratified by Ukraine but not by Israel.

Trade turnover between the two countries last year equaled $1.34 billion, consisting mostly of grain, ferrous metals, chemicals, and mineral fuel.
Citing diplomatic officials, The Jerusalem Post reported that Netanyahu’s visit to Kyiv has “diplomatic significance” because Ukraine is “helpful to Israel at the UN and other international forums.”

Netanyahu’s trip comes less than a month before general elections Israel’s national legislature, leading some political analysts to say he is hoping to gain favor with Israeli voters with Ukrainian roots. Sources close to the prime minister were quoted as denying the allegation. (rfe/ez)




Log in

Print article E-mail article


Currencies (in hryvnias)
  20.09.2019 prev
USD 24.62 24.67
RUR 0.383 0.383
EUR 27.24 27.27

Stock Market
  19.09.2019 prev
PFTS 517.0 517.0
source: PFTS

OTHER NEWS

Ukrainian Journal   
Front PageNationBusinessEditorialFeatureSubscriptionAdvertisingSearchAbout usCopyrightContact
Copyright 2005 Ukrainian Journal. All rights reserved
Programmed by TAC webstudio