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Russia, Ukraine to strengthen cooperation: Russian PM

English.news.cn   2013-12-04 23:30:08            

MOSCOW, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Russia would strengthen cooperation with Ukraine in various areas as the two countries remained important strategic partners, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday.

"In order to continue cooperation and develop economic relations between Russia and Ukraine, we have agreed with the (Ukrainian) prime minister, and the presidents have been negotiating this as well, to advance our work in a number of sectors," Medvedev said.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin had recently visited several Ukrainian enterprises and had seen cooperation potential in the fields of defense and space exploration, he said.

Medvedev and First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov met visiting Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Boiko here.

Medvedev also called on stability and order in Ukraine after protests broke out there over the Ukrainian government suspending the signing of an association agreement with the European Union, saying Russia had been "closely following" the development.

Medvedev's spokesperson said the prime minister spoke by phone with Ukrainian counterpart Mykola Azarov on Tuesday.

Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday rejected a no-confidence motion against Azarov's government. The opposition collected only 186 votes of the 226 needed to oust the government.

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BRUSSELS, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday criticized NATO's latest statement on Ukraine and urged outsiders not to interfere.

"I don't understand why NATO adopts such statement. It helps to create a distorted picture and sends wrong signals, which may cause the wrong understanding of the situation," Lavrov told reporters after talks with his NATO counterparts in Brussels.   Full story

Ukrainian parliament rejects motion to oust government

KIEV, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday rejected a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Mykola Azarov's government.

The opposition collected only 186 votes of the 226 needed to oust the government.   Full story

Editor: Liu Dan
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