President Victor Yushchenko on Sunday held talks with Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Saint Petersburg, according to President's press office.

Two leaders discussed economic, humanitarian, social and border cooperation. Yushchenko told reporters after the meeting of diplomats of both countries had crafted a 2007-2008 action plan to develop Ukraine’s ties with the Russian Federation. “This document is ready to be signed,” he said.

The President said the two-year plan had been approved by both heads of security councils. “The presidents are ready to sign this document during the second session of the Yushchenko-Putin Interstate Commission,” he said, adding that it would be held in August 2007. The session will be preceded by meetings of the economic cooperation sub-committee and the sub-committees on security and humanitarian cooperation, he added. “After these three meetings we will be ready to hold the second session of the Yushchenko-Putin Commission and sign the 2007-2008 Ukraine-Russia Action Plan.”

The Presidents also agreed to set up a commission to investigate last week’s incident involving Yushchenko’s aide who had been barred from entering the Russian Federation and other such cases. The Ukrainian leader expressed hopes all the persona non grata restrictions would be lifted “symmetrically within the next few weeks.”

Yushchenko and Putin also discussed ways to resolve the Transdniester conflict.


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