Iran and Ukraine: 25-Year Diplomatic Relations and the Prospects of Bilateral Ties
Date of publication : March 6, 2017 11:31 am
Date: February 27, 2017
Time: 17:00 to 19:00 (GMT +3:30)
Venue: IRAS Conference Center, Tehran, Iran
H.E. Sergey Burdilyak
, Ukraine’s Ambassador to Iran
H.E. Akbar Ghasemi
, Former Iran's Ambassador to Ukraine
, First Deputy Director, IRAS
In this event, H.E. Sergey Burdilyak said:
"Formulation of strategic relations between Iran and Ukraine is that Ukraine can guarantee the security of industrial areas of Iran, and Iran can also guarantee the energy security of Ukraine - although currently 95% of the Ukrainian exports to Iran are agricultural products. On the energy security of Ukraine, it should be said that energy ministers of the two countries met last year, and a few days ago, a joint energy working group was held in Tehran. Ukraine is now one of the largest countries in terms of energy transit to Europe, and two pipelines pass through the Ukrainian territory, and the situation has totally changed compared to a few years ago. Five years ago, this area was fully under the control of Russian companies. But now Ukraine can both consume Iran’s energy, and carry it to European states like Austria, Italy and so on. We are aware that the status quo is completely in accordance with the Iranian President’s vision. We have a much broader potential for bilateral relations. For example, Ukraine is one of the six countries that can produce devices for the aerospace, and it is one of the ten countries that have the full cycle of aircraft production, and I am pleased to inform you that negotiations for the transfer of aircraft production technology to Iran are in progress in Isfahan. When I delivered my credentials to your President, I said: “I wish to see aircrafts made in Iran”."
In this event, H.E. Akbar Ghasemi also said:
"Under current circumstances, to have a more accurate and realistic approach to the relations between Iran and Ukraine, we should see how we can use this amount of available documents, structures and potential and actual capacities which are rather abandoned in a new phase of objective relationships. For this purpose, we must move realistically and without any exaggeration, and identify what parts are vulnerable in the relationship between the two states. What Iranian President stated in his recent meeting with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister is important. He said that the ground for the expansion and development of relations with Ukraine is fully provided, especially in the economic sector, without being affected by any other factor. I think, there are still points of vulnerability that we should plan to remove them. One of the problems is that when the Iranian and Ukrainian authorities meet, they only sign the protocol(s) - of course, this is good for formalities. But to see practical effects, it is more important to improve the relations - measures should be really taken in this regard. When I was the ambassador to Ukraine for three and a half years, 35 documents were signed that nearly 90% of them were for formalities."