Serbia, Ukraine sign agreements as leaders meet

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych arrived on Thursday in Belgrade for meetings with Serbia's top officials, and was welcomed by his Serbian counterpart.

Source: Tanjug

Yanukovych and the Ukrainian delegation was received by Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić.

Yanukovych was welcomed by Tomislav Nikolić in front of the Palace of Serbia in New Belgrade.

They later met face-to-face, after which the two countries' delegations were scheduled to meet for talks.

On Thursday, Serbia and Ukraine signed six agreements that will improve cooperation in the field of culture, education, tourism and infrastructure.

Presidents Nikolić and Yanukovych signed a joint statement after their bilateral meeting.

Serbian Minister of Finance and Economy Mlađan Dinkić and Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Kozak signed an agreement between the Serbian government and the Ukrainian ministry on cooperation in the field of tourism.

Serbian Minister of Education Žarko Obradović and his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Tabachnyk signed an agreement in cooperation in the field of education.

Serbian Minister of Agriculture Goran Knežević and Ukrainian First Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Ivan Bisyuk signed an agreement related to quarantine and plant protection.

Serbia's Minister of Transport Milutin Mrkonjić and Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Kozak signed an agreement in the field of rail traffic.

The two countries' ministers of culture, Bratislav Petković and Leonid Novohatko, signed an agreement in the area of culture.

A memorandum of understanding between the Serbia Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SIEPA) and the State Agency for Investment and National projects of Ukraine was initialed by SIEPA Director Božidar Laganin and Head of the Ukrainian agency Vladislav Kaskiv. Nikolić and Yanukovych will address the media during the day.

The Ukrainian president will lay a wreath at the Monument to the Unknown Hero on Mt. Avala near Belgrade.

While in Belgrade, Yanukovych will also meet with Serbian Parliament Speaker Nebojša Stefanović.

Exchange of medals

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych exchanged medals in Belgrade on Thursday and backed the development of cooperation and friendly ties.

The two presidents delivered the medals to each others in the Palace of Serbia where the Ukrainian delegation began its two-day visit to Serbia.

Nikolic decorated Yanukovych with a medal of the Order of the Republic of Serbia for the contribution to the development and reinforcement of peaceful cooperation and friendly ties between Serbia and Ukraine.

At the same time, Yanukovych decorated Nikolić with a medal of the Order of the Republic of Ukraine of the First Degree for Nikolić's personal contribution to inter-state relations.


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