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‘Behind the Wheel’: Presidents of Ukraine and Russia set a new Format for High-Profile Meetings

September 17, 2010

KIEV, Ukraine, September 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Today the President of
Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and the President of Russia Dmitriy Medvedev take
part in the International Road Rally “Avtoprobeg” taking place between the
two biggest European countries. Meeting “behind the wheels” the two Heads of
State not only demonstrate the warming climate in the two countries’
relationship, but set a new trend in high profile meetings between national
leaders.

Photo: http://wnu-ukraine.com/170910_Gluhiv_Mark6.jpg

Albeit the informal atmosphere, during one of their pit-stops, the
Presidents have discussed the prospects of the cooperation in the nuclear
energy sector between the two countries as well as the signing of the
additional agreements on the Russian Black Sea Fleet basing on the Ukrainian
territory.

According to the organizers, the main aim of the road rally is to foster
the good neighbourly relations between Russia and Ukraine. In addition to the
Presidents of the two countries, many celebrity actors, prominent journalists
and local show-biz stars take part in the road rally.

The event, replicating the success of the internationally renowned
celebrity road rally Gumball 3000, is organized by the largest extractor of
natural gas in the world and the Russia’s gas giant Gazprom, which ranks 16th
on the Forbes’ list of the world’s largest companies and plays an important
role in the Ukraine-Russia gas relations. Ukraine, notably, is today the
largest transitor of Russian natural gas to Europe.

The unusual meeting between the Presidents is the latest addition to the
history of the informal presidential meetings, which in 2001 saw the then
Russian President Vladimir Putin and George W. Bush roam the latter’s Texas
rancho on a jeep, and in June 2010 the Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev talk politics with his US counterpart Barack Obama while eating hamburgers in
a cafeteria in Virginia.

SOURCE Office of the President of Ukraine


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