Medvedev: Russian-Ukrainian relations must not come down to gas price

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Oct. 18, 2011, 4:11 p.m. | Business — by Interfax-Ukraine

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, left, and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych attend a meeting in the city of Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011.
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Donetsk, Oct. 18 (Interfax-Ukraine) - The Russian-Ukrainian relations should not be reduced to gas price discussions, there are also other values which need to be developed properly, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said. "The Russian-Ukrainian relations must not come down to just conversations about the price of buying gas or how to build an important area of cooperation such as energy," Medvedev said at the 2nd Russian-Ukrainian Interregional Economic Forum in Donetsk.

There are also other values "that one should learn to handle and develop in the correct manner," he said.

Over the past year, since the first forum was held, the inter-regional relations between the two countries have strengthened significantly, the president said.

Nineteen Russian regions account for 90% of the bilateral trade, which by Aug. 1 stood at $33 billion and will exceed $50 billion by the end of 2011, Medvedev said.

Whereas Russia is Ukraine's main trade partner, Ukraine is Russia's fourth biggest trade partner, he added.

At the inter-regional level, agreements are adopted within very short periods of time, which is something to learn from when signing inter-state and inter-governmental agreements, the president said.

"Of course, we must not stop at our achievements, because the potential for growth, trade and bilateral cooperation is significant," the president said.

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Anonymous Oct. 18, 2011, 4:13 p.m.    

That night the butchers brought the tortured ghost-people one by one to the pits they had dug before. A State Security captain with two-grade education shot director Les Kurbas, playwright Mykola Kulish, poets Mykola Zerov and Pavlo Filipovych, writers Hryhorii Epik (the one who loved life and did not want to believe in his death), Myroslav Irchan, Valerian Pidmohylny, Valerian Polishchuk and Oleksa Slisarenko, former minister of education of the Ukrainian government Anton Krushelnytsky with his sons, academician Stepan Rudnytsky, and Matvii Yavorsky, the author of the statement of protest to the Central Attestation Commission of the GULAG NKVS, Professor of Philosophy Petro Demchuk, scholarly associates Vasyl Volkov, Mykola Trokhymenko and many-many others. Overall, there were 165 sons of Ukraine.

On that deaf night the half-wit captain Matveev, who spelled words incorrectly in written statements, destroyed the flower of Ukrainian intelligentsia, using only a few handfuls of cartridges, which, like he, had no value for the development of the world civilization.

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Anonymous Oct. 18, 2011, 7:33 p.m.    

Russia is fast backward for Ukraine!

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Anonymous Oct. 18, 2011, 9 p.m.    

Yanukovych has no values.

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Anonymous Oct. 19, 2011, 6:29 p.m.    

Yes, Ukraine should just pay us whatever we want for gas and talk with us only about what we want. Ahahahahahahahaaaaa!

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