Ukraine takes Lon­don

Kyiv Post - - Opinion -

It was an au­da­ciously am­bi­tious idea: A week-long se­ries of events, in­clud­ing a four-day con­fer­ence on dif­fer­ent sub­jects and dif­fer­ent venues, all in Lon­don. But it was a great idea and all spon­sors and or­ga­niz­ers should be proud of them­selves. Sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple gath­ered to hear Ukraini­ans pitch the in­vest­ment po­ten­tial in the na­tion. While it would have been nicer to have more rep­re­sen­ta­tion from Bri­tish busi­ness, those who came lis­tened with open minds.

Ukrai­ine and the United King­dom have bi­lat­eral trade of just over $1.3 bil­ion, more can be done — es­pe­cially since both na­tions, af­ter Brexit, will be out­side the Eu­ro­pean Union and can craft a dis­tinct bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship. Bri­tain im­ports half of its food, and Ukraine is a ma­jor pro­ducer. This is just one ar­eas of mu­tual in­ter­est. Be­cause of the Krem­lin's nerve-gas as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt, which killed a Bri­tish cit­i­zen in its failed quest to kill an ex-Rus­sian spy, Lon­don is alert to the men­ace of Vladimir Putin and ready to get tough. This makes Bri­tain a nat­u­ral ally in for­eign pol­icy.

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