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MOSCOW, October 18 (Itar-Tass) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov wil visit Kiev on October 19 to prepare an upcoming trip to Moscow by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich scheduled for October 22, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Thursday.
“The key purpose of the visit is to prepare the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian colleague Viktor Yanukovich, who will make the working visit to the Russian Federation on October 22,” Lukashevich said.
“During the visit, Russia and Ukraine are expected to discuss interaction on key international issues, particularly the pace of the Transdniester settlement. The expansion of the legal base of the Black Sea Fleet stay on the territory of Ukraine will be a priority issue at the talks,” the spokesman said.
In his words, “the Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers will discuss the implementation of major humanitarian projects on the strengthening of cultural, educational and scientific cooperation between the two countries.”