Russian and Ukrainian Presidents Vladimir Putin and Leonid Kuchma will meet representatives of the two countries' business circles in Kharkov on December 14, Russian Foreign Minister said at the presentation of the collection of documents "Russia-Ukraine. 1990-2000" in Moscow on Thursday. Speaking about the presentation of the collection, the Minister said that, as a matter of fact, it opened the programme of the Year of Ukraine in Russia which is being held on Vladimir Putin's initiative. The programme is aimed at the consolidation of friendship and mutual understanding between Russia and Ukraine.
Forest fires in Siberia have been raging for three months already. They have become a disaster not only of Russian, but of global scale. The fires have already scorched 12 million hectares of land