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Slovakia/Ukraine: Prime Ministers Discuss NATO Expansion

Kyiv, 7 March 1997 (RFE/RL) - Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko met with his Slovak counterpart Vladimir Meciar today in the western Ukrainian town of Uzhorod.

Itar-Tass reports that the talks focused on NATO expansion, building a highway between the two countries, and cooperation between the Slovak Economics Ministry and Ukraine's Machinery Ministry.

Trade between Ukraine and Slovakia stood at $418.3 million in 1996, a 36.6 percent increase over 1995. Interfax reported that Meciar called for a free trade accord with Ukraine. Meciar emphasized Slovakia's interest in participating in gas exports and proposed the establishment of joint ventures with the Ukraine.