Support from respective governments

The governments of both, India and Ukraine share a close and friendly relationship, especially on matters of trade and industry. April 1994 saw the formation of the India-Ukraine Inter-Governmental Commission (IUIGC). Since then it has held three meetings on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological, Industrial and Cultural Cooperation. Both India and Ukraine decided to set up two Working Groups. One of these was on Metallurgy and the other on Power. This was done to open up new areas of cooperation in the fields of metallurgy and power respectively. The fourth session of IUIGC is to be held in New Delhi in 2007.

There have been many bilateral visits between Government dignitaries and heads of states to promote cooperation in Science and Technology, education and most importantly Trade. India and Ukraine have signed seventeen bilateral agreements. Some of these are agreements on cooperation in Science and Technology, Foreign Office Consultation, Cooperation in Space Research, Avoidance of Double Taxation and Promotion and Protection of Investments.

The most historic bilateral visit was that of President Leonid Kuchma to India in October 2002. It helped cement strong bilateral relations between the two countries. Some other government representatives who led high powered delegations were Foreign Minister Anatoliy Zlenko and Chairman (Speaker) Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) Mr.Lytvyn in 2003. The visit of Mr.Omar Abdullah Minister of State for External Affairs, in 2001 saw a wide range of bilateral issues being discussed. Steel Minister Mr.B.K.Tripathi and Defence Minister Mr.George Fernandes visited Ukraine in 2003. The latest bilateral visit was of Deputy Foreign Minister Yuriy Kostenko. He led the Ukrainian delegation at the latest round of Foreign Office Consultations held in Delhi in December 2006. Another ground breaking bilateral visit has been that of President, Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam. He was accompanied by a science delegation in 2005.

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