UKRAINE MARKS 14TH ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE
Ukraine marks its 14th anniversary of independence on 24 August.Igor Kazim, the charge dвЂ™affaires of Ukraine, told a news conference staged in this respect on Wednesday that the key objective of his countryвЂ™s foreign policy is the integration into the European Union and consolidation of good neighborhood relationships with independent states.
According to Kazim, the new government of Ukraine intends to render all necessary facilities in order to intensify the integration into the European bodies and international organizations.
В"The democratization of society, absence of inter-ethnic and inter-nation conflicts, active reforms in the political, economic and public life of the country come out as establishment of statehood in Ukraine.
Azerbaijan takes a special place in post-Soviet area, the diplomat said. Azerbaijan is fraternal country and strategic partner to Ukraine and the relationships are based on an Agreement on friendship and cooperation.
The new authorities of Ukraine continue intensive upgrade, the diplomat stressed. The mutual official visits of the two countries promoted it, he added.
According to Kazim, the analysis of bilateral trade and economic relationships testify on stable development and positive movements. The amount of goods turnover over the past year made up $189m, while as of 5 months of 2005 вЂ" $91.1m, or 43.6% more than last year. The cooperation in machine- and ship-building, military-technical, transport and investment spheres is more perspective, he underlined.