The visit of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to Russia will not be held this year and the decision to cancel the trip to Moscow on December 18 was taken mutually, Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov said, ForUm correspondent reports.
"I do not know the official position regarding the cancellation of the visit of the President of Ukraine to Russia, but I know that this decision was taken jointly by the two Presidents. In addition, I know that Yanukovych and Putin had a brief telephone conversation on the day after the failed visit and the two Presidents reaffirmed their commitment. The experts were instructed to continue developing agreements on cooperation in the energy sector, which were not sufficiently coordinated at the time when the decision to postpone the visit was taken," he said.
Zurabov also commented on the information of one of Ukrainian publications that Putin was allegedly ready to meet with Yanukovych only when the Ukrainian president is ready to sign what the President of Russia needs. "Indeed the meeting between Vladimir Putin and Viktor Yanukovych would had had sense only if there had been an opportunity to sign a particular document," he said.
The Ambassador noted that the dialogue continues, and now the visit of Yanukovych to Russia is being prepared. According to him, this visit is likely to last three days. On the third day of the visit, President will visit Nizhny Novgorod to attend the interregional forum dedicated to the transport problem.
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