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KIEV, January 26, /ITAR-TASS/. A coordinating council of public organizations favouring Ukraine’s Eurasian integration has been set up in the Ukraine’s second largest city of Kharkov.
The council’s five member organization “stand in favour of integration processes with Russia and Belarus,” Yuri Apukhtin, the first deputy chairman of the newly formed council, told Itar-Tass on January 26. “We plan to hold a conference in the next few days. We have invited representatives from nine Ukrainian regions, from Odessa to Kharkov.”
Participants in the conference will discuss a memorandum on the consolidation of Ukraine’s public and political forces and an address to the residents of Ukraine’s southeastern regions. “The people of Ukraine have an alternative to the European Union, which is the consolidation of material and spiritual forces of the countries and peoples which are historically tied together by common history, the language and the Orthodox faith into a common political, economic and spiritual space,” according to the documents prepared for the forum.