On the instruction of President Viktor Yanukovych, Chief of Staff at the Presidential Administration Serhiy Lyovochkin has met with First Deputy Prime Minister  of the Russian Federation Igor Shuvalov, presidential press office reported.

Serhiy Lyovochkin said that Igor Shuvalov’s visit to Ukraine is a proof that the dialogue between the Presidents and the Governments of Ukraine and Russia, continues and is efficient. "An evidence of this is the growth of trade turnover between our countries. Trade turnover growth produces creation of jobs, salaries, and development of enterprises," Serhiy Lyovochkin said.

The parties have discussed the agenda of Ukrainian-Russian cooperation in the context of the eighth meeting of the Committee on Economic Cooperation, which is a body of the Ukrainian-Russian Intergovernmental Commission, scheduled for April. 

Special attention has been dedicated to further expanding economic cooperation, particularly in transport, energy, aerospace, and shipbuilding industries. 

The status of implementation of the agreements on common integration projects already reached has been analyzed too. 

The parties have underscored the necessity of finding mutually acceptable ways to eliminate the existing problems in the area of trade, and strict compliance with the directions of the two Presidents to create favorable conditions for crossing of the Ukrainian-Russian state border. 

Serhiy Lyovochkin and Igor Shuvalov have underscored the importance of adequate preparation for the fifth regular meeting of the Ukrainian-Russian Intergovernmental Commission to be held in the first half of 2011. 

Igor Shuvalov has also expressed satisfaction with the development of bilateral cooperation, including with the growth of trade turnover between Ukraine and Russia. 

According to Igor Shuvalov, Ukrainian-Russian economic cooperation should be "multidirectional" – from agriculture to global security problems. 

"Since the problem of global food security comes first, food prices are growing rapidly. That is tangible not only to the CIS countries, but also to the EU countries and other states...” Igor Shuvalov said. According to him, these factors induce Russia and Ukraine to seek new opportunities for cooperation on the global food market. 


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