Ukraine for durable defence ties with India

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  1. bhramos

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    Having supplied military hardware to Pakistan, Ukraine now wants to enter into a durable defence relationship with India.

    Subjected to competing pulls from Russia and the European Union, Ukraine is looking at Asia, especially India, for collaboration in a large number of areas including civil nuclear energy, visiting Ukraine Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko told The Hinduin an interview.

    “India is a very important part of what we need to understand and it is part of our future destiny. Today the world is changing and being simply Europe-centred is not the answer to the future of [Ukraine's] survival and progress,” said Mr. Gryshchenko on his first visit to the country.

    Home to niche technologies and having been subjected to a nuclear accident in 1986, Ukraine has lessons in nuclear safety for India because this sector still caters to 45-50 per cent of the country's energy needs. Most reactors are based on the same technology offered by the Russians for the Kudankulam plant and a large number of Ukrainian engineers were working there till protesters forced a shutdown.

    “We are not simply a transit country which guarantees the best and safest transit routes for gas from Russia to Europe,” said the Minister in a reference to this issue that is making the news after Ukrainian's former Prime Minister and leader of the ‘Orange Revolution' Yulia Tymoshenko was jailed for abuse in office while finalising a gas deal with Russia.

    “There are a number of areas where Ukraine can be useful,” he said.

    India and Ukraine are understood to be working on an energy pact which will subsume a memorandum of understanding between the civil nuclear regulators as also cover sectors such as gas and solar energy.

    But for the immediate future, it is defence which will gain the most attention. Kiev is already modernising the An-32s, backbone of the Indian Air Force's transport and troop replenishment fleet, and wants a more wide-ranging relationship.

    A specialised matter

    Terming defence ties a specialised matter that should be discussed by experts, Mr. Gryshchenko maintained that the two countries did not have political issues that could hinder a comprehensive military-technical relationship.

    India and Ukraine could begin by coordinating efforts against pirates off the Gulf of Aden, described by the Minister as a “scourge that affects both countries,” exchanging notes on United Nations peace keeping operations, and moving towards interoperability between the militaries through joint exercises.

    ‘Aggressive action'

    “We are openly interested in helping India to upgrade its capabilities to negate any intention [by another country] to start aggressive action. We welcome any opportunity to provide India defence systems that contribute to increasing stability in the region.”

    Mr. Gryshchenko conceded that this can only be brought about by regular high level exchanges and said the two sides were trying to work out dates for his President Viktor Yanukovych (who defeated Ms. Tymoshenko in the polls last year) to visit India. Ukraine is also hoping for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to include Kiev in his itinerary the next time he heads for Europe.

    The Hindu : News / National : Ukraine for durable defence ties with India
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    The answer why Ukraine is looking towards India is not hard to find.

    The end of the rainbow where there is the pot of gold seems to have overshot Pakistan and has vectored to India.

    A fledging nation like Ukraine, but with an inherited lucrative military industry which is lying idle and unproductive, it is unwise to depend on bankrupt nations like Pakistan, since that would only hasten Ukraine's bankruptcy!

    So, it appears that Ukraine has read the tea leaves!
     
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    The Messiah Bow Before Me! Elite Member

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    But we'll only do business with them when they kick pakis out.
     
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    If I m not wrong, aren't Ukrainians the one's who helped Pakistan with their Babur cruise missile ?
    I read this some time ago in an international online magazine! Many western nations were surprised at how quickly Pakistan was able to make a cruise missiles and how with the very first test it was deemed successful.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    I am not aware of that, but they have helped Pakistan with its tanks.
     
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    Ukraine recently stated that they would help pakistan with the al-khalid upgrades , can find the thread itself on dfi . they have nothing to offer india other than some cheap spares ., and moreover they have axed there own self by helping the bitter foes of the worlds largest defence sales market
     
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    Tshering22 Sikkimese Saber Senior Member

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    You think they are concerned about Pakis? The moment they start getting good orders from us and once we start telling them "look no Pakis and you get good deals with us"; see the change then. They'd be like "where's Pakistan?" :lol:
     
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    The thing is, you guys have the market secure and after Soviet dissolution Ukraine separated and couldn't manage to compete with you lot in Indian market; due to political reasons whereby Kremlin had a much better hold of our sway rather than Kiev. Hence they saw China ready to buy tech on Pakistan's behalf and all they saw was "money".

    I don't think we should blame them unlike the Western nations who knew our predicament and still continued supplying the enemy during their hay days. If we can come around with them, I think we should patch up with Ukraine as well.

    The aim is: As long as we can segregate more nations away from Pakistan, hold them in one corner isolated so bad that they collapse faster in isolation, the better it is for us.
     

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