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Yanukovich to visit Havana to discuss bilateral relations with Cuba

October 20, 2011, 2:03 UTC+3

After Cuba, Yanukovich will travel on to Brazil

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HAVANA, October 20 (Itar-Tass) —— Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich will arrive in Havana on a state visit on Thursday, October 20, to discuss the development of bilateral relations between the two countries.

Yanukovich will have talks with top Cuban leaders and sign several documents in the fields of finance, transport, youth affairs and sport, and will also attend a bilateral business forum.

The Ukrainian Embassy in Cuba has declined to comment on Yanukovich’s visit.

“The president of Ukraine is scheduled to have meetings with the top leadership of Cuba and to sign a number of bilateral documents in the financial and transport sectors, as well as in the field of youth affairs and sport,” presidential chief of staff Sergei Levochkin said on October 17.

Yanukovich will visit the Tarara health rehabilitation centre where Ukrainian children affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster have been undergoing treatment for more than 20 years, and the Centre of Molecular Immunology in Havana.

Kiev and Havana established diplomatic relations in 1992 and cooperate in the fields of agriculture, machine-building, healthcare, pharmaceutics, and education.

There is a joint venture, KrAZ-COMEK, in Cuba, which repairs and upgrades dumping trucks supplied by the former Soviet Union.

In 2010, bilateral trade turnover between Ukraine and Cuba was 25.9 million U.S. dollars.

After Cuba, Yanukovich will travel on to Brazil, where he is scheduled to meet with the president of Cuba, the chairman of the Senate, and the heads of local administrations.

“The president of Ukraine intends to discuss with the Brazilian side a set of pressing issues if bilateral relations, including top-level invigoration of political contacts, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation,” Levochkin said. “Special attention will be paid to the implementation of the bilateral space project Cyclon-4 - Alcantara.”

The heads of states will attend a Ukrainian-Brazilian business forum.

Levochkin noted that a joint statement of the presidents of the two countries and some other documents would be signed, including in the fields of agriculture and healthcare.


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