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                     Office of the Press Secretary
                            (Bonn, Germany)
For Immediate Release                                      June 21, 1999

                               FACT SHEET

               U.S.-EU Cooperation on Russia and Ukraine

President Clinton and leaders of the European Union (EU) today agreed to strengthen cooperation in four areas encompassed by our relations with Russia and Ukraine: the Expanded Threat Reduction Initiative, combating infectious diseases (such as tuberculosis), nuclear environmental cooperation, and food aid:

At today's Summit, the United States and EU welcomed the latest agreement between the IMF and Russia on the prior actions it must take for renewed economic support and are encouraging Russian compliance with it.

The United States and the EU are also committed to support democratic and economic reforms in Ukraine. Following a joint statement on Ukraine at the December 1997 U.S.-EU Summit, we have had intensive consultation and ongoing practical cooperation with the EU on specific issues in Ukraine, including power sector reform, civil society development, and the establishment of a regional environmental center in Kiev. U.S. and EU health experts are also exploring the feasibility of cooperating on HIV issues in Ukraine.