Ukraine is ready to step up dialogue with Russia to improve relations, the foreign minister told his Russian counterpart on Friday at a meeting in Moscow, RIA Novosti reported.

However, Ukraine's recently appointed Foreign Minister Petro Poroshenko told Russia's Sergei Lavrov that the two countries do not need a "reset" in their relations.

"We are ready to resume the dialogue at all levels, including at the highest one," Poroshenko said.

In August, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev delayed sending a Russian ambassador to Ukraine amid a series of disputes between the countries.

In an August 11 letter to Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, Medvedev blamed Kiev for the problems in relations, which have been strained in recent years by gas disputes, Ukraine's desire to join NATO, and interpretations of the Soviet-era famine in Ukraine. Russia has also accused Ukraine of supplying weapons to Georgia during last year's war between Russia and Georgia over South Ossetia.

Ukraine had been without a top diplomat since former foreign minister Volodymyr Ohryzko, known for his anti-Russian stance, was dismissed on March 3. Petro Poroshenko, appointed to the post earlier this month, said improving ties with Russia would be one of his top priorities.


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