In his remarks at an expanded meeting of the Cabinet, President Viktor Yanukovych told about his view on main tasks of foreign policy of Ukraine.

He reminded that on May 28 the interdepartmental consultative meeting was held under chairmanship of the President of Ukraine dedicated to the state and prospects of negotiations on signing the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine, including the provisions on a free trade area.

“I would like to emphasize that the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine should realize timely and carefully the decisions we have reached at this meeting, which contain practical mechanisms to enhance the negotiation process,” said President Yanukovcyh.

He requested conducting detailed analysis of the situation and taking measures aimed at quickly putting negotiations on the FTA between Ukraine and the EU on a constructive path before the next round of talks scheduled on July 5. “The European Union certainly awaits a positive signal from us,” he said.

Another important foreign policy task, Viktor Yanukovcyh said, is to realize the agreements reached between U.S. President Barack Obama and him in Washington this April. “This first of all concerns the question of handling nuclear materials, realization of the nuclear research projects in Kharkiv and Sevastopol with participation of the American side, and disposal of solid rocket fuel,” he said.

Besides, he said, the government must prepare well for the meeting of Ukrainian-American Commission on Strategic Partnership, scheduled on July 5 this year.

“We must deepen cooperation and intensive dialogue in all areas with Russia, which we managed to revive by moving forward step by step without loosing the tempo set by the Presidents of both countries,” said Viktor Yanukovych emphasizing that all the instructions proceeding from agreements reached during his meetings with his Russian colleague (which they had seven in last four months) must be carried out fully and in accordance with the schedule.

He said that such an approach should be applied to Ukrainian-Kazakh relations, too. “Please speed up the work on practical implementation of the Ukraine-Kazakhstan Action Plan 2010-2011”, he said.

Viktor Yanukovych also requested the Cabinet to strictly follow the instructions he gave after his working visit to Istanbul, which concerned implementation of important agreements reached during that visit.

President Yanukovych addressed those present with the request to start preparations for the visit of the President of Ukraine to the People’s Republic of China scheduled on September 2010. According to him, this visit, initiated by the Chinese leadership, would improve Ukrainian-Chinese bilateral relations and political dialogue between the two sates.

"I am convinced that China is a very important country for us from all points of view, especially from the economic one. And our challenge is to make her our effective strategic partner," he said.

Viktor Yanukovych drew separate attention of the present to the situation around Government’s steps aimed at providing Ukrainian citizens who reside abroad with international passports. "The Cabinet’s decisions taken to protect the rights of our compatriots abroad became subject to public criticism and accusations," said the President.

He requested chairmen of the responsible executive authorities to make every effort to check the situation carefully and prevent negative effects of such publicity on the international image of the Government and Ukraine generally.

The President also criticized the Government for delays and inappropriate execution of Presidential instructions to make Ukraine’s foreign policy more economically oriented. “I have emphasized that repeatedly: our embassies and foreign missions should not engage in politics and spread gossips about the country but engage in economic issues and protection of national interests of Ukraine,” he said.

“I would like to remind those present that foreign trade is a system-building factor for economy. Last week I gave orders to the Government to improve state management of trade policy of Ukraine. I will demand their proper execution as soon as possible," said Viktor Yanukovych.

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