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Russian, Ukrainian presidents have brief working meeting in Russia’s Sochi

December 06, 2013, 19:18 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, December 06. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin had a working meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart in the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi, Russian president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.

“The Ukrainian president made a stopover in Sochi on his way home from China,” Peskov said. “During their brief working meeting, the two presidents discussed current issues of the bilateral relations and aspects of the preparations for a meeting of the Russian-Ukrainian interstate commission due to be held in Moscow.”

On Wednesday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev received in Moscow visiting Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Boiko. The sides agreed to invigorate cooperation in a number of areas. “In order to continue cooperation, we agreed with the president of Ukraine and prime minister to advance work in all areas,” Medevdev said at the meeting.

He noted that Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin had tavelled to Ukraine just recently and “visited some enterprises to see where cooperation can be stepped up: in industry, in the defence industry and in space. But we should move further.”

Medvedev expressed hope that Boiko’s visit would “lend necessary dynamics to the work on issues in which we lacked such progress up to date.” He also stressed that Ukraine remained “an important strategic partner of Russia.

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