Russian, Ukrainian leaders discuss trade, politics

13:08, November 27, 2010      

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Russian and Ukrainian presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Viktor Yanukovich discussed a wide range of bilateral relations topics, from economy, humanitarian issues to cooperation with NATO and the European Union (EU), here on Friday.

Describing Ukraine as "a reliable and predictable partner," Yanukovich promised that his country would not create any obstacles for Russian gas transit to Europe.

In turn, Medvedev promised to deal with Kiev "in a friendly manner."

The two sides also signed an agreement about delivering 18.5 million tons of Russian oil a year to Ukraine and via Ukrainian territory.

Moscow and Kiev would also draft a new strategic treaty "filled with a real sense," Yanukovich said, adding that Russian-Ukrainian integration did not contradict European-Ukrainian rapprochement.

Medvedev responded he understood Kiev's desire to stay away from any blocs.

The two presidents have met each other ten times so far this year. Yanukovich said he was going to meet Medvedev twice more before the yearend.

Relations between Moscow and Kiev have been improving rapidly since Yanukovich took office in February.

Source: Xinhua


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