Cheney blames Russia for Ukraine's woes

U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney met with top Ukrainian leaders Friday, calling their country`s relationship with the United States "very important," as Washington sought to reassure its allies in former Soviet states following Russia`s war with Georgia, according to AP.

Sitting down with Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, Cheney praised the changes he saw since he was last in Ukraine 20 years ago.

"There have been remarkable changes," he said. "My delegation and I are grateful for the hospitality. This is indeed a very important relationship between Kiev, Ukraine, and the United States."

Yushchenko, meanwhile, emphasized that he shared the United States` critical view of Russian military intervention in Georgia. Yushchenko has been among Russia`s harshest critics in the aftermath of the five-day war last month.

"We value our strategic bilateral relationship highly," Yushchenko said. "On the majority of the issues, including Georgia, we have an understanding with the United States."

He added he believed the conflict over Georgia`s two separatists regions could be resolved peacefully.

Earlier Friday, Cheney met with Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. According to Tymoshenko`s aides, the two leaders discussed regional security and stability, as well as efforts to diversify energy supplies.

[Source: Unian, Ukr, 05Sep08]

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