Ukraine challenges Russia through an agreement with the State of Qatar

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The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine and the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the State of Qatar have signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the mutual recognition of diplomas and certificates of seafarers. The deal has been announced during a joint press conference following the official visit of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his wife Olena Zelenska to Doha on Monday.

Minister of Infrastructure Vladyslav Kryklii affirmed that the MoU with the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Qatar opens a window of new opportunities for further professional development of both countries’ seafarers. “The will Memorandum will create an appropriate legal mechanism for the mutual recognition of diplomas and certificates of seafarers between our countries,” the minister added, stressing that it will promote further employment of Ukrainian sailors on board ships flying the Qatari flag.

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The deal will provide for the settlement of the issue of areas and forms of cooperation between Ukraine and Qatar in the maritime transport and education sector.

An agreement, the one between Ukraine and Qatar, which Moscow does not like.  Relations between Russia and Ukraine have deteriorated further in recent weeks, prompting Moscow to sanction up to 84 Ukrainian companies, including shipbuilder Craneship, towing company Donmar, cargo operator Transship and metal producer.  Maxima Metal.  However, the decree does not specify why the companies were targeted.

 Relations between the two countries skewed in 2014 after Moscow annexed the Crimean peninsula and began supporting separatists in eastern Ukraine.  Since then, Ukraine has been fighting Russian-backed separatists in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

 Russia continues to reject Kiev’s accusations that the Russian military is involved in the conflict, which is now in its seventh year and in which more than 13,200 people have been killed.

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