Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 151

Seeking to reactivate negotiations on fleet and border issues, Ukrainian foreign minister Hennady Udovenko conferred yesterday and today in Moscow with Russian Security Council secretary and presidential adviser for national security Aleksandr Lebed, Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, and Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov. The talks apparently did nothing to resolve the continuing disagreement on the issue of the Black Sea Fleet. A communique by Lebed said that "there exist a number of problems whose resolution requires political will in Kiev." Udovenko singled out one of those problems by calling for an early meeting of the bilateral subcommission on border issues. Yesterday in Kiev, deputy foreign minister Kostyantin Khrishchenko also called for a prompt start of joint work to delimit and demarcate the Ukrainian-Russian border. Khrishchenko wondered aloud as to why the process should pose any problems. (Interfax-Ukraine, July 31 and August 1)

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