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NAZARBAEV RECEIVES UKRAINE'S KUCHMA. President Nazarbaev met with his visiting Ukrainian counterpart Leonid Kuchma in Astana on 26 September, ITAR-TASS reported. The two agreed to help with the counterterrorism effort, but Kuchma said that "we will not move into Afghanistan for the second time" -- a reference to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. Kuchma also said at the meeting that he sees a great economic and political future for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Interfax-Ukraine reported. Meanwhile, Kazakhstan and Ukraine joined with Russia in forming a joint company for the production and use of nuclear energy, Interfax-Kazakhstan reported on 26 September. PG

EBRD TO LOAN $600 MILLION TO UKRAINE. Andrew Seton, the director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in Ukraine, said on 26 September that the bank intends to issue $600 million worth of credits to Ukraine to finance various projects in the country's food industry, financial sector, industrial sector, and in its transportation, telecommunications, and municipal infrastructures. JM

UKRAINE RESUMES TALKS WITH PARIS CLUB ON DEBT RESTRUCTURING. Finance Minister Ihor Mityukov on 26 September said that following the recent resumption of IMF and World Bank loans to Ukraine, Kyiv has renewed talks with the Paris Club on restructuring Ukrainian debts to the club's member nations, Interfax reported. JM

UKRAINE'S TYMOSHENKO URGES YUSHCHENKO TO DEFINE ALLIES. Opposition leader Yuliya Tymoshenko has called upon former Premier Viktor Yushchenko to decide whether he is ready to head an election bloc consisting of Yushchenko's Our Ukraine, Tymoshenko's National Salvation Forum, and Oleksandr Moroz's Socialist Party, Interfax reported on 26 September. "I would not like my appeal to sound like an ultimatum. [But if Yushchenko] goes in the opposite direction, I want this to finally become clear and public," AP quoted Tymoshenko as saying. Prior to switching to the antipresidential opposition, Tymoshenko was a deputy premier in charge of the energy and fuel sector in Yushchenko's cabinet. Yushchenko has repeatedly rejected opposition advances to form an alliance opposed to President Leonid Kuchma (see "RFE/RL Poland, Belarus, and Ukraine Report," 25 September 2001; and Kuchma in Kazakhstan item in Part 1). JM