Russia: common future with Ukraine

Vladimir Semago, Politician

1947 – Born in Moscow
1973 – Graduates, Kuibyshev Moscow Institute of Civil Engineering
1977 – Economist, State Committee on Foreign Tourism
1979 – Graduates, Academy of External Trade, External Trade Ministry of the USSR
1993 – State Duma deputy
1997 – Head, State Duma Commission on Corruption
2006 – President, closed joint-stock company PC Energoprom
2006 – State Duma deputy
2008 – Joins Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation

Anatoly Adamishin, Diplomat

1934 – Born in Kiev
1957 – Graduates, Moscow State University
1959 – Member of staff, Russian Embassy to Italy
1965 – Head, Italian section, first department for European affairs, USSR Foreign Ministry
1977 – Receives PhD, Moscow State University
1986 – USSR Deputy Foreign Minister
1990 – Russian Ambassador to Italy
1992 – Russian First Deputy Foreign Minister
1993 – Serves on Committee for CIS Affairs and Ties with Compatriots, Russian State Duma
1994 – Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom
1997 – Minister for Co-operation with CIS Countries
1998 – Vice President, AFK Sistema, Moscow
2004 – President, Association for Euro-Atlantic Co-operation

Today we will talk about Ukraine. The Treaty on friendship and cooperation between Russia and Ukraine, the so-called "Big agreement", signed in 1997, is expiring these days. Should the countries prolong it, and keep calling their relations "STRATEGIC", or should they propose a new document reflecting the new realty? The guests to tell us more are Vladimir Semago and Anatoly Adamishin.