Ukraine attentively regards the issue of property of former USSR and is interested in removal of barriers on the path between Ukraine and Russia, as declared Vasyl Filipchuk, head of the press office of Foreign Ministry of Ukraine.

Commenting on the interview of Vladimir Kozhin, head of State Affairs department of President’s administration of the Russian Federation, in which Ukraine’s position was named “unintelligible and inconsequent,” Filipchuk pointed out that Ukraine exclaimed at the interview. Filipchuk hopes the Russian party will report soon about its readiness to conduct consultations on issues of succession of foreign debts and assets of the former USSR.

Filipchuk underlined that Ukraine all the time calls Russia to restart negotiations. March 2, 2006 Foreign Ministry of Ukraine sent Russia a note concerning conduct of bilateral consultations with the purpose to find ways of settlement of issue of succession of foreign debts and assets of the former USSR.

Filipchuk considers that any settlement of the issue is possible on the basis of Russia’s representations of full and impartial information about debts and assets of the former USSR.

In 2004, Russia gave Ukraine a list of 28 facilities abroad, of which Ukraine chose nine.

In February 2005, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the agreement was still in force and talks to hand over a number of facilities to Ukraine for long-term lease were ongoing.


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