The bilateral trade volume over this period exceeded $6.7 billion, NBU said.
According to the bank, Russia’s share in the total trade turnover of Ukraine in the first quarter reached 21.7%, while the share of China was a mere 6.8% and Germany’s share - 4.9% Ukraine’s imports from Russia accounted for more than four billion dollars and exports - $2.7 billion dollars.
Ukraine’s exports to Russia in the first quarter dropped by almost one-fourth, compared with the same figure in 2013, but all the same reached 18.7% of Ukraine’s total exports. Ukrainian imports from Russia also decreased by 26% and reached 24% of Ukraine’s total imports.
The prevailing items among the exports to the CIS are machine building products (56.8%), chemical industry products (53.4%) and wood processing products (49.7%). Europe buys from Ukraine mineral products (salt, sulphur, graphite, etc. - 43.4%), manufactured goods (55.8%), ferrous and non-ferrous metals (32.7%).
Ukraine’s export to the United States, though, accounted for just 425 million dollars, an almost 20% decline from the 2013 figure.