Victor Yushchenko has met with Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych to discuss a wide range of social and economic issues, according to the President’s press-office.

      The premier told the head of state his government was now formulating a long-term strategy of Ukraine’s development. Mr. Yushchenko insisted that they should use some ideas generated by the previous government and stick to the National Unity Pact when developing the strategy but also remember negative tendencies of the past and try to avoid making mistakes in the future.

      They thoroughly discussed the energy issue. The prime minister said he was going to present new energy projects soon. He characterized the local oil market as stable, adding that Ukraine’s oil refineries purified more crude every month to meet the country’s energy needs.

      Then they considered ways to form a 2007 budget. Mr. Yanukovych said he was going to meet governors to discuss the social and economic development of the regions.

      Mr. Yushchenko and Mr. Yanukovych also talked about the President`s recent visit to Azerbaijan.