The Ambassador of Ukraine to Azerbaijan, Alexander Mishchenko, stated that Ukraine and Azerbaijan agreed to disallow the import of goods from the Donbas and Nagorno-Karabakh without formal approval, Nova Epoha reported.
“During the visit of Petro Poroshenko to Baku, the Presidents of both countries gave instructions to the Heads of customs agencies of Ukraine and Azerbaijan to meet and discuss the issue of passage of goods imported from the occupied territories of both countries,” Mishchenko stated.
According to him, the Heads of customs agencies have developed a mechanism whereby goods from these territories can be supplied only if licensed by central authorities from Kyiv and Baku.
“For instance, [take the] label on champagne. If it says “Ukraine, Artyomovsk Winery” (Donbas), then everything is fine but if [it says] Novorossiya or something like that, then of course, Azerbaijan will ban imports of that champagne. The same approach will be applied to goods imported from Nagorno-Karabakh,” Mishchenko explained.
In a related story, the Deputy Minister for the temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons, George Tuka, previously stated that Ukraine does not trade coal with the uncontrolled territories.