Russia and Ukraine building stronger relations
At the meeting which took place at Foros Putin continued to say that “We spoke about problems in our relations in the energy sector, about the development of pipeline transport and the gas transportation system in Ukraine and discussed the possibility of Russia’s participation in various project,” Putin went on to say. However, he added that those subjects were still “raw”.
The Russian Black Sea fleet was not the subject of the talks in Foros. The only thing Putin said with regards to it was that Russian State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov would go to Sevastopol on Sunday to attend the celebrations of the Russian Navy Day, following orders from the president of Russia.
Putin said that one of the purposes of his brief visit to Ukraine was to personally greet Viktor Yanukovich on his birthday. According Voice of Russia they also spoke about growing bilateral ties in aircraft-manufacturing and space exploration and spoke of progress in a joint project to launch the ANTONOV-70 cargo plane.
Development contract between Moscow and Crimea
The governments of the Crimea and Moscow signed a programme of cooperation in 2011-2013, also according Itar Tass. “I think the development of economic, and socio-cultural cooperation with Moscow will signify a leap in the development of the Crimea. We believe in that very much,” Crimean Prime Minister Vasily Dzharty said on Saturday, July 24.
Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov said the city government owned four recreational centres in the Crimea, had bought a fifth one and was ready to continue investing in this sector. “We have recently bought another recreational centre not far from Kerch and we will put it back in shape. We are ready to invest and expand,” Luzhkov said.
He also supported the decision of the Ukrainian and Russian leaderships to resume work on the project of a bridge across the Kerch Strait.“This is a tremendously profitable project. It will reduce the route from London to India by a thousand kilometres and boost the development of the eastern part of the Crimea,” Luzhkov said.
Putin joined biker fest
Putin also joined the biker fest in Sevastopol and surprised everyone riding a Honda Goldwing Trike.
See video at Voice of Russia