Ukrainian president to visit France

14th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

KIEV, June 14 (AFP) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko will visit Paris on June 22, where he is expected to meet with his French counterpart Jacques Chirac and other top officials, the foreign ministry said Tuesday.

KIEV, June 14 (AFP) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko will visit Paris on June 22, where he is expected to meet with his French counterpart Jacques Chirac and other top officials, the foreign ministry said Tuesday.  

The two leaders are due to discuss developing relations between the two countries and Ukraine's European ambitions, a foreign ministry spokesman said.  

Ukraine hopes for "a new context and character in bilateral relations in the areas of politics, economy, culture and humanities (....)," the Interfax news agency quoted the spokesman as saying.  

Yushchenko, who took power in the strategic ex-Soviet nation after winning a protracted presidential election during last year's "orange revolution," has vowed to move his country of 48 million toward membership in the European Union.  

Although the recent rejection of the EU constitution in France and the Netherlands has put further EU expansion into doubt, Yushchenko's administration says it will continue to push along its stated course.  

Yushchenko's visit follows that of Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko this week and the chief of the national security council, Petro Poroshenko, last week.

© AFP

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