The second sitting of the subcommittee on humanitarian cooperation of the Ukrainian-Russian International Commission "Yushchenko- Putin" was held in Moscow on June 15. The official delegations were headed by Education and Science Ministers Stanislav Nikolayenko of Ukraine and Andrei Fursenko of Russia, the Cabinet’s press office informs.

According to Stanislav Nikolayenko, the subcommittee is engaged in the sectors of youth cooperation, sports, scientific and education policy, health protection, labor migration and social issues. According to him, the sitting involved no bitter disagreements, therefore, the delegations intend to work through a number of documents to forward them to Presidents Viktor Yushchenko of Ukraine and Vladimir Putin of Russia for approval by August.

As an example, Stanislav Nikolayenko named an agreement on bipartite policy, medication use, scientific cooperation and establishment of joint scientific centers. Thus, the Ukrainian-Russian International Center for Astronomic and Medical-Biological researches with will be set up in Russia.

The participants also agreed on support of the Russian language in Ukraine and the Ukrainian one in Russia. Stanislav Nikolayenko underscored that as many as 8 secondary schools out of total 596 in Crimea are Ukrainian, 13 Crimean while the rest are Russian.

We reason from the argument that cultural and historical links influence better relations, than just partnership. Cooperation is beneficial for either of the parties.

The third sitting of the sub-committee is planned for 2007's second half in Kyiv.


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