”For Ukraine, Russia is an absolute strategic partner," Tymoshenko said. “We are very much interested in our relations being friendly and mutually beneficial.” The Ukrainian prime minister, wearing her signature blond braid, smiled at Putin as they began their meeting and gazed at his face. ”We have seen a very difficult development in Georgia,” she said. “We would like to see a peaceful settlement of the conflict. We want to see peace prevail, and I’m sure you want the same.”
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin used a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart on Thursday to criticize Ukraine’s decision to sell arms to Georgia in the run-up to its war with Russia. Putin also warned Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko that the two countries should resolve energy issues before winter, because the Central Asian nations that supply Russian pipelines with natural gas have raised prices.
"When people and military systems are used to kill Russian soldiers, it’s a crime," Putin told reporters after meeting with Tymoshenko at his residence outside Moscow. "Only a few years ago, it could not even come to mind, even in a nightmare, that Russians and Ukrainians would be fighting each other. But that happened, and it is a crime."
Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said a parliamentary panel in Ukraine would investigate allegations of arms sales. She said that under Ukrainian law the president and his Security Council is in charge of arms sales abroad and her Cabinet has no say.
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