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Ministry: Azerbaijan to provide Ukraine with new batch of energy equipment this year

by Martin Fornusek and The Kyiv Independent news desk October 9, 2023 7:54 PM 2 min read
Ukraine's Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko and Azerbaijani Ambassador to Ukraine Seymur Mardaliyev during their meeting in Ukraine, Oct. 9, 2023. (Source: Ukraine's Energy Ministry)
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Ukraine expects a new batch of equipment for the restoration of the country's energy grid from Azerbaijan by the end of 2023, the Ukrainian Energy Ministry said on Oct. 9.

The announcement came following a meeting between Ukraine's Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko and Azerbaijani Ambassador Seymur Mardaliyev.

"We highly value our cooperation with Azerbaijan in the energy sector, and we sincerely hope that this cooperation grows stronger," Halushchenko said.

According to the Ukrainian Energy Ministry, Baku already provided Ukraine with 10 shipments of humanitarian aid for the energy sector since the start of the full-scale invasion. This included 50 reserve power stations and 45 power transformers.

During the meeting, Halushchenko reportedly thanked Mardaliyev for Azerbaijan's assistance in maintaining Ukraine's energy system throughout the previous winter.

The ministry's press statement said that the meeting of the two officials also addressed deepening cooperation in the oil and gas industry between the countries.

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