The release is timed to the upcoming visit of Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma to Moscow and his meeting with Boris Yeltsin.
As expected, the heads of state will discuss the implementation plan of the "Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between the Russian Federation and Ukraine", ratified in 1998.
Fragments of the release of the program "Here and Now" with the participation of the Minister for CIS Affairs Boris Pastukhov (16.02.1999), the Mayor of Moscow Yuri Luzhkov - express their attitude to the Treaty.
Video communication with Vladimir Gorbulin is conducted from the studio in Kiev (Ukraine).
Vladimir Gorbulin notes the positive trend in relations between the countries after the signing of the Treaty.
He says that the Ukrainian side pins great hopes on expanding economic and political ties.
Gorbulin expresses the official attitude of the country's leadership to the expansion of NATO: Ukraine stands for cooperation with the Alliance.
The question of Ukraine's debt to Russia for gas supplies is raised, as well as the problem of unplanned withdrawal of energy from pipelines.
One of the urgent issues of the issue is the expectation by the Russian side of the ratification by the Ukrainian Parliament of the agreement on the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation, within the framework of the Treaty of Friendship.
The Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council expresses his attitude towards the proposed by the President of Belarus, Al.
Lukashenko and Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Al.
The idea of creating a tripartite union - Russia, Ukraine and Belarus - has been tapped.
Gorbulin Vladimir - Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine.