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2008/03/21 11:35 KST
S. Korea, Ukraine to hold first military talks

   SEOUL, March 21 (Yonhap) -- Military officials from South Korea and Ukraine will meet in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev early next week for their first bilateral defense policy coordination talks, the Defense Ministry said Friday.

   The meeting is the first since the sides agreed to hold annual talks under a 2006 agreement.

   Kim Byeong-ki, deputy director of international policy at the ministry, will lead a five-member delegation to the one-day meeting Monday while Kiev's five-member delegation will be headed by Ivan Androssenko, chief of the international cooperation division at Ukraine's Defense Ministry, a ministry official said.

   "While focusing on ways to increase cooperation in various fields, such as defense industry and personnel exchanges, the sides will exchange views on international security conditions and their defense policies to help enhance their mutual understanding of each other," the ministry said in a press release.

   South Korea and Ukraine established diplomatic ties in February 1992.

   bdk@yna.co.kr
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