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U.S. Vice President Biden to Visit Ukraine in Late July

KYIV. June 23 (Interfax) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko plans to bring up a broad range of issues related to promoting Ukrainian-U.S. cooperation during U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Ukraine in late July, the Ukrainian presidential press service said.

Yushchenko and Biden intend to discuss measures to overcome the financial and economic crisis and the intensification of cooperation on the international arena, presidential press secretary Iryna Vannykova said on Tuesday.

Yushchenko and Biden will also address energy security, strategic stability, and the settlement of regional conflicts, she said.

The Ukrainian president and the U.S. vice president are expected to reaffirm their resolve to develop cooperation in the spirit of the Ukraine-U.S. Charter on Strategic Partnership signed in Washington last December, she said.

The U.S. vice president's visit will also serve to express support for processes of democratic and market reforms in Ukraine, she said.

In addition, Yushchenko and Biden intend to discuss a number of issues pertaining to the development of civil society, the continuation of democratic reforms, and other issues in which the U.S. consistently supports Ukraine, she said.

While visiting Ukraine, Biden will meet not only with the Ukrainian political leadership but also with opposition activists and other public figures, Vannykova said.

The exact dates of Biden's visit to Ukraine will be set later, she said.

It was reported earlier citing the U.S. administration's press service that Biden would pay a working visit to Georgia and Ukraine on July 20-24.