On 23rd July the first vice- premier and the minister of finances of Ukraine Mykola Azarov, and the deputy head of the PoR fraction in the V.R. Boris Kolesnikov will be in Moscow meeting the 'big knobs' of the solidly pro-Putin 'Yedinaya Rossiya' party which currently dominates the Russian state Duma.
The Y.R. website says topics for discussion at the joint consultations include inter-party collaboration, and inter-govermental relations between Russia and Ukraine. The consultations will "denote the principal positions of the leading political parties on the eve of the [Ukrainian] parliamentary elections."
PoR's site announces the meeting too, and [apologetically?] reminds readers that in August 2005 they and 'yedinorossy' signed an agreement on inter-party co-operation.
Azarov and Kolesnikov, who represent opposing wings in the party, have the weekend to prepare and ensure they will be 'singing from the same hymn sheet' during the meeting. Would such inter-party consultations take place in Kyiv on the eve of Russian parliamentary elections?