Russian, Ukrainian foreign ministers meet for talks in Moscow

MOSCOW, September 5 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart Konstantin Grishchenko met in Moscow on Monday, September 5.

The parties discussed the latest trends in cooperation between Russia and Ukraine, a schedule of bilateral Summit and other high level events until the end of this year, and the state of preparations for the next Russia-Ukraine Interstate Commission session, including the development of documents for signature as part of this exercise.

They noted the high level of readiness of the Draft Declaration on the Substance of the Russian-Ukrainian Strategic Partnership.

The Ministers agreed to intensify negotiations to resolve the Azov-Kerch water area issue with a view to reaching a mutually acceptable solution.

They also noted the businesslike and constructive nature of the work on streamlining the legal framework governing the Russian Black Sea Fleet presence on Ukrainian territory.

Prospects for cooperation between Russia and Ukraine in the cultural, humanitarian and consular fields were discussed, with the parties reiterating their readiness to continue facilitating the work of the Russian public organisations of Ukraine and the Ukrainian public organisations of the Russian Federation.

Among the range of international issues, special attention was devoted to bolstering European security, ensuring that the interests of all sides are considered in the creation of anti-missile systems, dealing with the problems of conventional arms control and promoting cooperation in the Black Sea region, the Foreign Ministry said.

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