The inter-parliamentary cooperation commission of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and the Federal Assembly (parliament) of Russia is intending to convene for a meeting in early September. Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn announced this to the press in Ternopil region on Saturday, Kyiv Post reported.

Lytvyn told the press he had a phone conversation for Sergey Mironov, the speaker of the Council of Federation [the upper chamber of the parliament of Russia] on August 14. According to the Verkhovna Rada speaker, the phone conversation has yielded an agreement on the meeting of the inter-parliamentary cooperation commission.

"I have had a conversation with Sergey Mironov. He supports the idea and we are planning to have this meeting tentatively in early September," Lytvyn said.

The Ukrainian speaker noted the sides have yet to decide where they will convene this meeting.

The leaders of the parliaments will take part in the meeting of the inter-parliamentary cooperation commission, according to Lytvyn.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, Lytvyn has called for a meeting of the inter-parliamentary cooperation commission of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and the Federal Assembly of Russia to be held in September to draw up proposals on overcoming the crisis in the Ukrainian-Russian relations.

On August 13, President Viktor Yuschenko of Ukraine in his letter to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said he was disappointed with the unfriendly character of Medvedev's letter to the Ukrainian president and unfounded criticism against Ukraine concerning weapon supplies to Georgia.

On August 11, Russian President Medvedev in his letter to the Ukrainian president criticized Ukraine for supplies of weapon to Georgia among other things. Medvedev said in particular that peaceful people and Russian peacekeepers in Tskhinvali in Georgia's breakaway republic of South Ossetia were killed by weapon made in Ukraine.

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