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Yushchenko Welcomes Russian Business Leaders To Ukraine

President Yushchenko (file photo) Kyiv, 15 March 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has assured leading Russian businessmen that Kyiv welcomes their investments.

Yushchenko's office today said that the president made his remarks to some 20 Russian business leaders at a meeting yesterday in Kyiv.

Yushchenko said business relations between Russia and Ukraine are important for the development of Ukraine's economy. The meeting comes days before Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to visit Kyiv.

(RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service, AP, AFP)