Ukraine awaiting reply to offer of Kyiv as venue for Russia-U.S. arms cuts deal signing

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March 16, 2010, 3:46 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
The administration of Viktor Yanukovych is waiting for Moscow and Washington to respond to the Ukrainian president's initiative to sign a new Russian-U.S. treaty on strategic arms reduction in Kyiv. "This initiative was voiced by the president of Ukraine during his meeting in Moscow [on March 5]. The same initiative was announced in the U.S. as well. We are now awaiting a decision," Ukrainian presidential administration deputy head Anna Herman said at a news conference on March 16.

Herman said she did not rule out that this issue could be discussed during U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to Ukraine or during Yanukovych's planned visit to the U.S.

This initiative could also be addressed at meetings with Russian officials, she said.

Should this initiative be approved, Kyiv would be able to become a "bridge" between East and West, the Ukrainian official said.

According to Ukrainian media reports, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Kostiantyn Hryschenko could revisit Yanukovych's proposal during talks in Moscow on Tuesday.
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