Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko greeted visiting Federal President of Austria Heinz Fischer in the square in front of the presidential secretariat in Kyiv on Tuesday, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

The anthems of the two states were played and the members of the two countries' delegations were introduced, Yuschenko's press service said.

The ceremony was followed by a tete-a-tete meeting between the two presidents. The Ukrainian president thanked his Austrian counterpart for his visit to Ukraine and praised Fischer's efforts to strengthen the two countries' ties.

"Our relations are developing extremely well," the Ukrainian president said.

Yuschenko said Ukraine is hoping for Austria's support for his country's plans to join the European Union.

The Federal President of Austria is visiting Ukraine from July 6-8.


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