Sergei Lavrov: “The agreements reached between Russia and Ukraine are mutually beneficial”

Sergei Lavrov: “The agreements reached between Russia and Ukraine are mutually beneficial”
# 18 December 2013 12:00 (UTC +04:00)

“It does not mean denial of pragmatism, the agreements are mutually beneficial,” Lavrov told media representatives.

He noted that the agreements signed in the Kremlin on December 14 moved forward the unique opportunities of both countries and aimed at restoring and enhancing the industrial and manufacturing ties.

“The humanitarian component of our cooperation is related with pragmatism. It means the preservation of the Slavic culture, the Russian language and morality, which the international relations lack. In general, it means to ensure the establishment of direct contact for the people living in the vast post-Soviet area, including Russian and Ukrainian citizens. Even in terms of pragmatism, it is important not to create additional problems for mutual intercourse of our people,” Lavrov said.

On December 17, the meeting of Russia-Ukraine interstate commission was held under the auspices of Russian and Ukrainian presidents Vladimir Putin and Viktor Yanukovych. A number of agreements were reached during the meeting. The agreements include the reduction of the cost of Russian gas for Ukraine to $268.5 per thousand cubic meters, as well as the purchase of Ukraine’s Eurobonds worth $15 billion by Russia.

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