7 December 2013, 13:14

Putin, Yanukovych didn't discuss Ukraine joining Customs Union - Kremlin spokesman

Putin, Yanukovych didn't discuss Ukraine joining Customs Union - Kremlin spokesman

Russian and Ukrainian presidents Vladimir Putin and Viktor Yanukovych have not discussed the possibility of Ukraine’s joining the Customs Union at the last Friday's meeting in Sochi, press-Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov informs. "The issue of Ukraine’s possible accession to the Customs Union was not discussed at the meeting in Sochi", Peskov said.

"The issue of Ukraine's possible accession to the Customs Union was not discussed at the meeting in Sochi", Peskov said.

"Putin and Yanukovych also considered the current state and prospects of the bilateral cooperation in the financial and credit sphere", - the Press Secretary of the President said. According to him, "negotiations on all these topics will be continued at the expert level in the nearest future ".

Earlier, in his micro-blog on Twitter editor of The Economist Edward Lucas with reference to informed sources reported that at the meeting in Sochi on December 6, Vladimir Putin and Viktor Yanukovych reached an agreement on Ukraine's accession to the Customs Union.

Russia, Ukraine fail to reach new gas deal

Moscow and Kiev have failed to reach agreements on reducing Russian gas prices or Ukraine joining a Moscow-led customs union, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters on Saturday.

Dmitry Peskov said Putin and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich met in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi on Friday. They discussed "cooperation in energy".

"No final agreement has been reached," he said.


 

Russian, Ukrainian presidents discuss drafting of strategic partnership agreement

The presidents of Ukraine and Russia met in the Russian southern Black Sea resort of Sochi to discuss the drafting of a strategic partnership agreement, Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov told the foreign mass media.

"On his way back from China the Ukrainian president made a stopover in Sochi, where he had a previously agreed meeting with his Russian counterpart," the Ukrainian government's public relations department quotes Azarov as saying. "The issue on the agenda was drafting a major strategic partnership agreement with Russia, complemented with a road map eliminating disputes over trading and economic issues."

Ukraine and Russia are determined to fully eliminate the contradictions that have piled up in bilateral relations over the past three and a half years, including controversies over the gas supply contract and the disruption of industrial cooperation," Azarov said. "This sort of work is now underway."

As it was reported earlier, President Vladimir Putin held a working meeting with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich.

"The two men discussed the current issues of bilateral Russian-Ukrainian relations, as well as preparations for a forthcoming meeting of the Russia-Ukraine inter-state commission in Moscow," presidential press-secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

Putin, Ukraine leader meet in Sochi, discuss bilateral relations - Peskov

Russian President Vladimir Putin held a working meeting with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in Sochi on Friday, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said. The two leaders discussed bilateral relations and preparations for a Moscow session of the Russian-Ukrainian Interstate Commission.

"The Ukrainian President made a stop in Sochi on his way home from China. His brief working visit highlighted bilateral issues and an upcoming session in Moscow of the Russian-Ukrainian Interstate Commission," Peskov said.

Earlier, Ukraine suspended the signing of an association agreement with the European Union. Kiev does not rule out signing it in the future but wants it to take into account all economic risks for Ukraine.

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Voice of Russia, TASS, RIA, Reuters

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