The first meeting of the organising committee on the preparations for Russia's Year in Ukraine will be held in Yalta (a Ukrainian resort on the Black Sea) on Friday. Chiefs of the Russian and Ukrainian presidential administrations are heading the delegations of the two countries.
Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma proclaimed 2003 the Year of the Russian Federation in Ukraine, thus supporting the initiative of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, who proclaimed 2002 the Year of Ukraine in Russia.
Riyadh will not make contradictory statements, nor will it ask for explanations, as Moscow does in the case of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal
Representatives of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation commented on the state of affairs in the Sea of Azov