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Ukrainian Premier To Visit Russia

21 March 2005 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko says she plans to accept Russian President Vladimir Putin's invitation to visit Russia.

Tymoshenko told Ukrainian (1+1) television late yesterday that Putin extended the invitation during their meeting in Kyiv on 19 March.

The cabinet's press office confirmed today that Tymoshenko will take up the offer, but said no date had been set.

Putin made a one-day visit to the Ukrainian capital during the weekend to meet with Ukraine's new pro-Western leadership, a visit intended to ensure that Moscow's ties with Ukraine do not suffer.

Tymoshenko told the television that her visit to Moscow would serve to further deepen the two nations' relations.

Last month, Russia's chief prosecutor said Tymoshenko would have immunity from arrest if she travels to Russia despite a criminal case against her. Russian prosecutors have accused Tymoshenko of bribing Russian defense officials, and issued an international arrest warrant for her. Tymoshenko denied the charges.