Russian FM concludes working visit to Ukraine
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov concluded his two-day working visit to Ukraine Monday, after taking part in the seventh meeting of the bilateral Subcommittee on International Cooperation, media reports said, according to Xinhua.
During meeting in Ukraine's west city of Chernovtsy, Lavrov expressed his delight at the positive development of the bilateral relations during the recent years, saying that Kiev's bid to integrate with Europe is not an obstacle to Ukraine's cooperation with other members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara, for his part, stressed the importance of boosting ties with Russia, vowing to strengthen bilateral cooperation and political dialogue between the two states.
After the meeting, Lavrov and Kozhara signed the communication plan between the foreign ministries of the two countries for 2013.
Earlier, Ukrainian experts forecast that the talks between Lavrov and Kozhara will be focused on Ukraine's participation in the Customs Union (CU) between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.