Ukraine, Russia agree on fighting economic crime, drug trafficking

10:19, October 23, 2010      

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The interior ministers of Ukraine and Russia had signed a range of agreements to fight crime in the economic sector and drug trafficking, Ukrainian Interior Ministry said Friday.

Ukrainian Interior Minister Anatoliy Mohiliov and his Russian counterpart Rashid Nurgaliyev met on the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea in an obvious improvement from soured relations between the countries in the previous five years.

"This is the first step toward major changes to curb crime at the borders of Ukraine and Russia," Nurgaliyev was quoted as saying.

Both ministers said they were satisfied that the interior ministries of the two countries were again working closely and that the effective cooperation would benefit both countries.

"For our two agencies, it is very important to strengthen the interaction and relationship, and this dialogue will continue in the future," Mohiliov said.

"Today, all the issues we face are solved quickly due to mutual cooperation. At any time, I could call my colleague by phone and talk over issues," he said.

Relations between Ukraine and Russia turned sour during the term of pro-Western former president Viktor Yushchenko but have improved after President Viktor Yanukovich came to power earlier this year.

Source: Xinhua


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