Bush to be met in Ukraine with a salute of nations

18:12, 31 March 2008
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A salute of twenty one salvoes will be fired

U.S. President George Bush will be met in Ukraine with a salute of nations.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, Ukrainian President’s Press Secretary Iryna Vannikova claimed this to a news conference in Kyiv today.

According to her words, the so-called “salute of nations”, which consists of 21 salvoes, will be fired during the official ceremony of meeting George Bush in the morning of April 1.

“It is an ancient tradition: when ships entered a friendly port, they fired to show that they have friendly intentions, that they do not want to insult people they visit. That is why during visits, which have a “state” status, the artillery volley is fired”, I.Vannikova said.

She also informed that G.Bush will be met by President’s Chief of Staff Victor Baloha, Foreign Minister Volodymyr Ohryzko, Kyiv Mayor Leonid Chernovetskiy, and Ambassadors – U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor and Ukraine’s Ambassador to USA Oleh Shamshur.

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