According to TSN, in his letter Putin stressed that Ukraine is not just the closest Russian neighbor and a priority partner. It is first of all a state whose people are related to Russia by common history, traditional friendship, common spiritual and cultural roots.
Also Putin noted the productive character of an open and intense political dialog between Ukraine and Russia, noticeable growth of mutual trading, growing interregional contacts and cultural and humanitarian exchange". The Russian president is confident that this is a strong base for further development of bilateral relationship of two countries in various fields.
"A significant impulse to the cooperation will be provided by joint projects in high-tech fields such as aircraft engineering, nuclear power industry, space exploration", underlined Putin. He wished Viktor Yanukovych good health and success, and also he wished Ukrainian people happiness and prosperity.