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TAJIK PRESIDENT HOLDS TALKS WITH RUSSIAN COUNTERPART... Tajik President Imomali Rakhmonov met on August 17 with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the summit of the Eurasian Economic Community in Sochi, Asia-Plus and Tajik TV reported. In their seventh meeting of the year, Rakhmonov and Putin discussed plans to expand bilateral trade and investment, with special attention devoted to projects on hydroelectric power and natural gas in Tajikistan. The Eurasian Economic Community comprises Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, with Armenia and Ukraine enjoying observer states. RG
KYIV HOSTS WORLDWIDE FORUM OF UKRAINIANS. Some 3,500 people, including 450 full-fledged delegates, will take part in a three-day worldwide forum of Ukrainians, which opened in Kyiv on August 18, Ukrainian media reported. The forum gathers representatives of public life in Ukraine and the Ukrainian diaspora from more than 40 countries as well as journalists and artists. On the eve of the forum, President Viktor Yushchenko met with leaders of the Ukrainian diaspora at his dacha outside Kyiv. Yushchenko pledged during the meeting to work toward building closer ties between the homeland and diaspora organizations. JM