Parlamentskaya Gazeta, May 8, 2003, EV

A representative delegation of the Federation Council is making an official visit to Ukraine. The Russian parliamentarians have laid a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier. Then Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov met with Ukrainian Rada chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn, at which they discussed the state and development prospects of inter-parliamentary relations.

Sergei Mironov noted there were special relations between Russian and Ukrainian lawmakers. For example, the main result of a meeting in Moscow November last year was the creation of an inter-parliamentary cooperation commission. Its activities are focused primarily on trade and economic cooperation, forming a free trade zone and a legislative basis for it, coordinating legislation between Ukraine and Russia, and activities dedicated to the Year of Russia in Ukraine. Yesterday’s meeting of the Russian senators with Rada members was a logical continuation of this work. Speaking at a news conference, Volodymyr Lytvyn said that in the course of their exchange of views both sides agreed that there was a need to exchange bills. This should help them study their counterparts’ lawmaking activity experience. The first step along that line will be exchange of parliamentary regulations. Sergei Mironov invited Volodymyr Lytvyn to pay a reciprocal visit to Russia.

Yesterday, the Federation Council delegation held a series of meetings with Ukrainian authorities in Kiev and visited museums and memorial sites in the city. Today the Russian senators are departing for Sevastopol. Their work schedule includes meetings with students, sailors, and city residents.