The president of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko and the President of Russia Vladimir Putin have great hopes for a today's meeting in Kyiv.

At the beginning of a tête-à-tête meeting Yushchenko and Putin expressed hope, that today's session of the intergovernmental committee will allow to deepen and make active dialogue between two countries.

In particular, Yushchenko has greeted Putin with arrival to Kyiv, having noted, that Ukraine considers this visit as a landmark for mutual relations.

"I hope, that today we will start the mechanism of the committee," the President of Ukraine said.

In his turn, Putin thanked for the invitation. He has supported Yushchenko’s idea about creation of the intergovernmental committee. "It is a good idea,” the President of the Russian Federation said. He considers that the commission will start the effective mechanism of cooperation.

Putin emphasized that growth of commodity circulation between Ukraine and Russia is now observed, and cooperation in energetic, humanitarian and other spheres becomes deep.

"I am glad to have an opportunity on New Year's days to visit Kyiv, to exchange opinions," Putin said. He noted that it is necessary to discuss all possible issues for more effective cooperation.

Also the President of Russia informed that he has a number of ideas. "We should set certain landmarks and stimulus for cooperation of our Governments," he said.


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