Jul 14, 2015

By Bob Komsic

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A new agreement between Ottawa and Kiev will see a near elimination of duties on goods coming here from Ukraine.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the deal as he met with his Ukrainian counterpart, Arseniy Yatsenyk.

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They huddled at a government property overlooking Meech Lake, minutes from Parliament Hill.

Once in effect, the agreement would eliminate 99.9% of tariffs on current imports from Ukraine and 86% of Ukrainian tariffs on Canadians products.

Canadian trade with Ukraine was worth $244-million last year, down from $322-million the year before.

The two leaders also discussed Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine.

Canada’s concluded free-trade negotiations with 39 countries since 2006.

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