Azerbaijan, Ukraine agree on ban on imports from Karabakh, Donbas

Azerbaijan, Ukraine agree on ban on imports from Karabakh, DonbasUkraine and Azerbaijan have decided not to allow goods made in the territories that are not under control of Baku and Kyiv to enter their territories without permits from official authorities, Ukrainian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Oleksandr Mischenko said.

"During the visit of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to Baku, the heads of the two states instructed chiefs of customs agencies of Ukraine and Azerbaijan to meet and discuss the issue of passing goods coming from occupied territories of the two countries. Heads of customs agencies met and drew up a mechanism, according to which goods from these territories can be supplied only if they are licenses by central authorities – Kyiv and Baku," Mischenko said.

The diplomat said that goods made in Nagorno-Karabakh could cross the Ukrainian border only if Baku gives a permit. The similar scheme is applied by Azerbaijan to goods arriving from Donbas.

"For example, let’s take a label on sparkling wine. If it says Ukraine, Artiomovsk factory (Donbas) this is good. If it says Novorossiya or something like this, of course, Azerbaijan would not take it. The similar approach applies to goods from Nagorno-Karabakh," he said.

"The rules took effect at once when the presidents issued the orders. We do not need to sign any international agreements here. The document was signed by the heads of customs agencies," the ambassador said.
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