Russian president congratulates his Ukrainian counterpart on birthday

MOSCOW, July 9 (Itar-Tass) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has congratulated his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovich on his birthday, the Kremlin press service reported on Saturday.

“Thanks to the reforms you are engineering, Ukraine is steadily proceeding along the way of improving its state and democratic institutions, along the way of sustainable economic development and better social welfare. Your constructive and committed approach to pressing issues of regional and global politics promotes the country’s authority on the world arena,” Medvedev said in his congratulatory message.

“I highly appreciate your contribution to the development of Russian-Ukrainian friendly and good-neighbourly relations. The strive for a full realization of the powerful potential of the historic and spiritual unity of the Russian and Ukrainian nations opens up wide prospects for comprehensive interstate collaboration. The agreements between the two countries on large-scale projects in the trade and economic, investment, humanities, and other spheres are a reliable basis for such work. I am confident that the intensive and fruitful political dialogue will continue to play a significant role in the dynamic development of bilateral relations, in consolidating integration cooperation within the Commonwealth of Independent States,” the message said.

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