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Moscow and Kiev are prepared to conclude an energy accord and Ukraine plans to keep moving towards the Common Economic Space
Moscow and Kiev are prepared to conclude an energy accord and Ukraine plans to keep moving towards the Common Economic Space. These are the main results of Thursday’s meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and visiting Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich in Novo-Ogarevo. Putin said that a number of documents would be signed by the time of his visit to Kiev, scheduled for December 22. “They are being readied for signature. This work is in the final phase. It is very good news the energy experts have come close to final agreements,” Putin said. Yanukovich replied the documents would be finalized in Kiev on time. “With the Russian prime minister (Mikhail Fradkov) we held the final preparatory meeting. A very short list of documents is still to be finalized and that will be done within several days,” he said. Yanukovich promised that Ukraine would participate in the common economic space Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Ukraine hade worked on for a long while. “Unification of tariffs will be the first step leading towards the common economic space,” Yanukovich said, adding that in his opinion the problem’s solution was a must. “Ukraine contemplates participation the CES, right?” Putin asked. “It most certainly does,” Yanukovich confirmed. Kiev addressed Moscow with a proposal for creating a joint commission to unify tariffs. “There are certain issues that have to be addressed, because they are a hindrance, such as the unification of the tariff systems of Russia, Ukraine and of some other countries, including those in Central Asia, Yanukovich said. We see no obstacles to creating such a commission, we are very much interested in it.” The Ukrainian prime minister invited Russia to redirect through Ukraine the Europe-bound cargos currently being moved through the Baltic countries. “We shall be prepared to open our territory to what is now trans-Baltic cargo traffic. We are building good roads and we suggest laying a Kiev-Moscow highway,” Yanukovich said. Cargo traffic and tariffs unification are of great interest to Ukraine. “The pause that lasted for the past two years was fresh evidence there is an opportunity to increase transit through Russia and through Ukraine,” Yanukovich said, adding he remembered quite well Putin’s statement Moscow would support (this proposal), if there was consent from all parties concerned.” Yanukovich recalled that bilateral trade had been up by 300 million dollars over the previous three months. Putin voiced satisfaction over how cooperation between Russia and Ukraine had been developing. “We like the way the joint work proceeds. I had a chance to meet with the Ukrainian prime minister in Minsk the day before to have a quick word about the forthcoming meeting of the inter-state commission (on December 22),” the Russian leader said. Putin believes that both countries gave a powerful boost to their economic cooperation of late. “I am certain that your meeting with the Russian prime minister will make a tangible contribution to preparations for the forthcoming meeting of two countries’ presidents the Ukrainian leader initiated,” Putin said. Yanukovich suggested creating a joint commission for humanitarian affairs. Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev might co-chair the Russian panel. “Contacts in the humanitarian and cultural spheres are of tremendous importance. We must reinforce this type of activity. Our proposal is to make Russia’s first deputy prime-minister a co-chairman of the humanitarian segment. Preliminary agreement to that effect was achieved earlier,” Yanukovich said at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin. The Ukrainian prime minister believes that humanitarian cooperation will be in line with the nature of our old-time fraternal relations. “We would like to see far wider activity in this sphere,” Yanukovich said. “It is a very good sign contacts at all levels, in the humanitarian and cultural spheres have been expanding,” Putin said.
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