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Chernomyrdin To Travel To Ukraine For Talks With Kuchma

Moscow, May 22 (RFE/RL) -- Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin will arrive in Kyiv tomorrow for a day of talks with Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma.

Chernomyrdin's press-secretary, Viktor Konnov, said today that Chernomyrdin and Kuchma will sign agreements on the export of Russian oil and gas to Ukraine. He did not say whether Chernomyrdin and Kuchma would discuss the strategic Black Sea fleet issue. Russian President Boris Yeltsin has repeatedly put off visiting Ukraine due to disagreements between Moscow and Kyiv over the Crimea-based fleet's division.

Itar-Tass today quoted Ukrainian Prime Minister Gennady Udovenko as saying "partnership and good-neighborly relations with Russia are a priority for Ukrainian foreign policy." Udovenko made the comment during a visit to Italy.