Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko has said he is satisfied with the development of relations between Ukraine and the United States, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

"In our opinion, these relations [between Ukraine and the United States] are developing very dynamically. We have clear objectives for these relations," he said at a meeting with a visiting delegation of U.S. Congressmen in Kyiv on Friday.

Yuschenko said that Ukraine's leadership was holding an active dialogue with the administration of the U.S. president.

He said that both the previous and the current U.S. administration had been providing "great support" for democratic processes in Ukraine.

"It's very important for us to maintain an active dialogue with both the U.S. government and the U.S. opposition," Yuschenko said, adding that the visit by the U.S. Congressmen to Ukraine is very important for Ukraine.

House Republican Leader John Boehner, who is heading the delegation, in turn, said that the Congressmen had arrived in Ukraine as its friends.

"We are very interested in a better understanding of the state of democracy in Ukraine and prospects for its further development," he said.

During their meeting, the sides are planning to focus on the strengthening of Ukraine's energy security, the realization of Ukraine's plans to join NATO, as well as measures on tackling the financial and economic crisis, including the development of Ukraine's cooperation with the International Monetary Fund.

The U.S. delegation also includes Congressmen Dan Boren, Jo Bonner, Dave Camp, Tom Latham, and Greg Walden.

The Ukrainian delegation includes Presidential Secretariat Head Vira Ulyanchenko, Acting Foreign Minister Volodymyr Khandohiy, and Presidential Envoy for International Energy Security Bohdan Sokolovsky.


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