President Viktor Yushchenko on Wednesday gave an interview to Russia’s Izvestia, Novaya Gazeta and Vedomosti. As President’s press office reports.

Yushchenko described Ukraine’s partnership with the Russian Federation as strategic. “Our history obliges us to have common approaches to how to resolve certain issues,” he said, adding that he was going to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in August to discuss a 2007-2008 Ukraine-Russia Action Plan. The president said their talks would be preceded by a series of meetings of sub-committees of the Yushchenko-Putin Commission to draft plans for the second session of the commission. “These sessions of the commission should be pragmatic, particularly in the economic sphere, trade and for the exchange of commodities, human resources, capitals and services.”

Yushchenko said Ukraine’s gas relations with Russia were imperfect. “There is too much politics in this very specific market.”

Speaking about the country’s political situation, the President said it was important to reform the constitution. “It is obvious that constitutional reforms of 2004 have disrupted the balance of powers in the country. […] If we do not work together to improve the national constitution, very many people will regard it as a conflict of certain persons,” he said.


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