Ukrainian President accorded ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 10, 2012 06:23 hrs

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was given a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here this morning.

He was received by President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.

He inspected the guard of honour and also met members of the Indian Cabinet.

The Ukrainian President, who is on a four-day long state visit, will hold delegation level talks with Dr Singh and will meet President Mukherjee.

He will also meet Opposition Leader Sushma Swaraj, besides captains of trade and industry.

Diplomatic relations between India and Ukraine were established in January 1992. Thus, his visit marks the 20th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The previous visit at the presidential level was that of former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam who visited Ukraine in 2005.

Cooperation between India and Ukraine is multi-faceted and covers a wide range of areas including political, defence, S and T, nuclear, space, economic and trade and others.

The bilateral trade turnover has increased from USD138.62 million in 1992 to USD 2,865.45 million in 2011-12. Indian pharmaceutical exports to Ukraine are the largest by volume and second in terms of value (USD 325 million in 2011) for the past several years. India imports 25 percent of sunflower oil production of Ukraine, which is amongst the world's largest producers of sunflower oil.

The fourth India-Ukraine Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological, Industrial and Cultural Cooperation held in May/June 2012 reviewed the sectoral cooperation between the two countries setting the agenda for the visit of the President.

On Tuesday, the Ukrainian President will visit Agra and later Bengaluru. (ANI)

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