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Ukraine, RI celebrate 20 years of relations

  • Veeramalla Anjaiah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 11 2012   /  09:00 am

In 1946, just after Indonesia’s historic declaration of independence from Dutch colonial rule on Aug. 17, 1945, the so-called “Indonesia Question” was raised for the first time at the United Nations by Jacob Malik, a Ukrainian representing the then Soviet Union. Indonesians always remember Malik’s initiative to internationalize the issue of Indonesian freedom.

It is against this background that growing relations between Ukraine and Indonesia must be seen.

Today, both countries are proudly celebrating the two decades since the establishment of diplomatic relations.

According to Ukraine’s Ambassador to Indonesia Volodymyr Pakhil, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych personally congratulated Indonesian people to mark the occasion.

“With a desire to develop friendship and cooperation in political, economic, cultural, humanitarian and other spheres,...