President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko declared in the capital of Belarus, Minsk, that many of Ukraine’s constructive proposals were, unfortunately, rejected at the summit of the Commonwealth of Independent States, president's press office reported.

The President, however, added that many important decisions had been made.

“Ukraine continues to regard the Commonwealth of Independent States as a tool of multilateral diplomacy, especially in the economic area,” he said.

Yushchenko said his one-on-one meetings with Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan, Vladimir Voronin of Moldova, Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan, Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus and Vladimir Putin of Russia would positively affect Ukraine’s relations with these countries.

Meeting Aliyev and Lukashenko, Yushchenko spoke about trilateral energy cooperation, especially how to transport Caspian oil to the European market.

Yushchenko said Azeri companies and Belarusian oil refineries could jointly participate in the Eurasian oil corridor project, using the Odesa-Brody pipeline.

“We are convinced the participation in such projects could be interesting to Belarus,” he said.


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