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Ukraine: Minister Wants Improved Ties With Trans-Caucasus, Central Asia

Kyiv, 18 April 1997 (RFE/RL) - Ukraine's Prime Minister Pavel Lazarenko says he wants to expand Kyiv's ties with the Trans-Caucasus states and Central Asia, especially Azerbaijan, Georgia, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. During talks in Kyiv yesterday with Uzbekistan's Prime Minister Utkir Sultanov, Lazarenko said Ukraine wants to develop transit links through the regions, and pursue agreements on energy supplies. Sultanov's visit also marked the first session of the Ukraine-Uzbekistan commission for comprehensive cooperation.