Putin sees "fundamental changes" in Moscow-Kiev ties

08:25, June 29, 2010      

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"Fundamental changes" have occurred in Russia-Ukraine relations, ranging from defense security to gas and other sectors, said Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday.

Bilateral trade doubled in the first four months of the year as "the first sign of the drastically improving quality of our relations," Putin told his Ukrainian counterpart Nikolai Azarov.

"Last year our trade collapsed from 40 billion to 22 billion U.S. dollars, but in the first four months of this year it doubled," Putin said.

Putin said it was also a sign that the two countries were emerging from the economic crisis, according to a report from the RIA Novosti news agency.

Despite different stances on certain issues, Russia and Ukraine have no divergences of principle, said Azarov, who regarded the improvement of bilateral economic cooperation as a result of normalization of political ties between the two countries.

Russia and Ukraine agreed on Monday to draft an agreement on oil and gas transportation.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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