Ukraine is interested in stepping up cooperation with Belarus, Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko said at a meeting with Belarusian Prime Minister Sergei Sigorsky in Kyiv on Friday, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

The president stressed that he would call on the government and the parliament to step up cooperation with Belarus.

During the Belarusian premier's visit to Ukraine, the two will focus on long-unresolved strategic issues in the two countries' relations, Yuschenko said.

Sidorsky in turn noted that Belarus is treating the issue of developing relations with Ukraine very seriously.

He also expressed hope that trade between the two states would continue growing.


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