Head of the Ukrainian government Anatoly Kinakh is leaving for the USA Sunday for a four-day routine visit. The Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers informed RIA Novosti that Anatoly Kinakh will meet UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in New York. He will also hold meetings with leaders of the Eurasia-Group company and representatives of major Jewish organisations in the United States. In Washington the Ukrainian premier will meet U.S. Vice-President Dick Chiney, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce Grant Aldonas. Talks between Anatoly Kinakh and World Bank President James Wolfensohn and Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Horst Kohler are also planned. The head of the Ukrainian parliament will take part in the international conference "Ukraine on the Way of Developing Mature National State." He will make a report "Prospects of Strategic Cooperation Between Ukraine and the USA." Anatoly Kinakh will also hold a meeting with representatives of the Ukrainian community in the USA.
The Ilyushin 20 (Il-20) military electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force with 14 servicemen on board that went off radar screens off the coast of Syria was shot down by Syrian air defense systems over the Mediterranean Sea