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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kiev, Moscow Progress

KIEV () -- The presidents of Ukraine and Russia have made progress in ironing out differences between the two countries and could sign a long-delayed friendship treaty in March, Ukraine's foreign minister has said.

Hennady Udovenko, speaking in Kiev on Wednesday, a day after Boris Yeltsin met Ukraine's Leonid Kuchma in Moscow, said the leaders had agreed to stop linking signature of the pact to attempts to divide the former Soviet Black Sea fleet. He said Yeltsin would visit Ukraine in the second half of March.

Yeltsin's visit to Ukraine has been postponed at least five times over the past two years.