The share of Ukrainian exports in the European Union is close to 50%. This was announced by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during the Council of Regional Development in the Lviv region, 112 Ukraine reports.
According to Poroshenko, the EU's share in the structure of Ukrainian exports now stands at 42.6%.
"The share of the European Union in the overall structure of Ukrainian exports is already 42.6% and is rapidly approaching 50%. Imagine 50% of Ukrainian exports - this is the world's largest EU market!" Poroshenko reported.
In July-September 2018, Ukrainian GDP increased by 2.8% compared to the same period in 2017. Earlier, the World Bank has worsened the forecast for the growth of gross domestic product of Ukraine in 2018 to 3.3 from 3.5%.
According to the First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Stepan Kubiv, the forecast of the GDP growth in Ukraine in 2018 should have been more than 3%.
Earlier President Poroshenko claimed the necessity of increasing the presence of the NATO military ships in the Black Sea due to the Russian aggression. The press service of the Head of State reports this.
According to Poroshenko, the Russian Federation uses Crimea for deploying missiles there, what creates an extremely dangerous situation and destabilizes the region.
"We must increase the presence of NATO ships in the Black Sea," the President said. At the same time, he noted that "after the illegal annexation of Crimea, the balance of strength in the Black Sea was completely destroyed."
The President does not rule out the opportunity of further aggression by the Russian forces in the Black Sea.
"That is why the presence of NATO ships will be a factor of stabilization," the Head of State said.