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Negotiation process on the gas price with the Russian Federation is separated from negotiations on the search of the format of cooperation between Ukraine and the Customs Union, President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych told a press conference in Kyiv.
The President noted that two separate working groups were created to work on these issues.
As for cooperation with the Customs Union, Yanukovych noted that Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus are strategic partners of Ukraine, which have long strategic relationships that continue to develop even today. He recalled that last year the trade turnover with these countries amounted to 63 billion dollars, and this trend should be strengthened, so the cooperation within the Customs Union will promote this.
The President reminded that today the government is carrying out the work aimed to find the format of Ukraine's cooperation with the Customs Union in the near future, which will remove obstacles on the way to trade relations among countries.
He noted that as soon as this format is found, the Presidents of Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus will meet to solve the issue on cooperation between Ukraine and the Customs Union.
The President predicts that such meeting will be held in the first half of this year.