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Wednesday, October 14, 1998 Published at 16:22 GMT 17:22 UK

World: Europe

Ukraine's Kuchma in Vienna for EU visit

The Ukranian President Leonid Kuchma, is in Vienna for a two-day state visit, followed by a meeting with European Union representatives.

Correspondents say Ukraine and Austria are expected to sign a commercial cooperation agreement.

The EU talks will involve representatives from Austria, Britain and Germany -- the current, past and future holders of the revolving EU presidency.

A Ukrainian presidential spokesman Oleksandr Maidannyk said they would be discussing economic and trade relations and the chances of securing associate EU membership for Ukraine.

He said the meeting was a sign of the European Union's trust in Ukraine at a very difficult time for the country.

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