Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Moscow doesn’t wish to deal with Ukrainian President Viktor Uschenko

The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) summit has taken place on October 9th , 2009 in the Moldavian capital of Chisinau (Kishinev). The agenda of the day was quite extensive: CIS heads of state discussed approaches in overcoming the international economic crisis, the joint message to the international community in connection with the 65th anniversary of the Great Patriotic War victory, approaches in cooperation on reinforcement of boundary security, as well as the fight against the illegal drug trade. The breaking news during the summit could be Russian president Dmitry Medvedev’s meeting with Ukrainian President Viktor Uschenko. A letter with the request for meeting was sent through the Russian Embassy to the country’s foreign ministry back on September 15 and the Russian foreign ministry notified Kremlin about it, said a source from the Ukrainian foreign ministry. However, the Russian paper Vedomosti’s Kremlin source insists that Moscow did not receive a request from Kiev for a bilateral meeting. “It is clear that Uschenko was refused a meeting for political reasons. Official Moscow once more gives a clear understanding that they don’t wish to deal with him, though Kiev insists that it is better to state claims face-to-face than on TV,” stated representative of the Ukrainian foreign ministry.