Saturday, 1 January 2011

Medvedev, Putin Planning To Strengthen Relations With Kiev Next Year

KIEV, Ukraine -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin have congratulated Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on the upcoming holidays, the press service of the Russian Embassy in Ukraine has reported.
"Dear Viktor Fedorovych [Yanukovych], please accept my congratulations on the occasion of the New Year and Christmas holidays! The outgoing year was a period of a real strengthening of Russian-Ukrainian relations," Medvedev said in his letter of congratulation.

He said that this could be confirmed by an unprecedented and productive political dialog, high growth in trade and economic cooperation, as well as the promotion of joint large-scale integration projects.

Medvedev said that a serious positive impetus had been given to interregional relations and contacts in the humanitarian sphere and that the effective coordination of the two countries' approaches to urgent regional and international issues was increasing.

"Important interstate and intergovernmental agreements signed in 2010 open up new opportunities for building effective cooperation in all areas. I think that this is our common priority. A special role in its implementation belongs to the Russian-Ukrainian interstate commission, which has already started to work in full force. At commission meetings held in Kyiv and Moscow, we outlined a strategic course for the development of our relations," he said.

Medvedev expressed confidence that in 2011 the sides would jointly produce tangible results in the implementation of their plans – "for the benefit of our brotherly peoples, united by centuries-old traditions of friendship and spiritual values."

Putin, in turn, said in his congratulatory message: "I note with satisfaction that together we managed to bring relations between Russia and Ukraine to a qualitatively new level, to restore mutual trust and partnership and to make real progress in all areas."

He said he was confident that in the coming year, Ukraine and Russia would increase the dynamics of Russian-Ukrainian cooperation, creating favorable conditions for the launch of new joint projects in energy, industry, aerospace and shipbuilding, transportation and high technology.

"This certainly corresponds to the fundamental interests of the peoples of our countries, stability and security on the European continent," Putin said.

Putin also congratulated his Ukrainian counterpart Mykola Azarov on the upcoming holidays.

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