- Title: UKRAINE: GERMAN AND UKRAINIAN LEADERS MEET IN KIEV
- Date: 3rd September 1996
- Summary: KIEV, UKRAINE (SEPTEMBER 3, 1996) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. GV EXTERIOR OF UKRAINIAN RECEPTION PALACE MARIINSKY 0.11 2. LV UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS LINED UP TO MEET GERMAN CHANCELLOR HELMUT KOHL 0.17 2. LV KOHL WALKS FORWARD AND SHAKES HANDS WITH UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT LEONID KUCHMA AND POLITICIANS AND BUSINESS PEOPLE (4 SHOTS) 1.02 3. MEDIA CUTAWAY 1.05 4. MV KOHL AT TALKS (3 SHOTS) 1.48 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: KIEV, UKRAINE
- Country: Ukraine
- Duration: 00:01:49
- Story Text: INTRO: German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and Ukraine's President Leonid Kuchma have started a series of meetings on Tuesday morning (September 3).
The German and Ukrainian leaders met up in Kiev and signed on Tuesday (September 3) agreements dealing with financial and banking issues.
German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who met Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma along with several business leaders, was expected to stay in Ukraine for another day where he was to continue official talks, attend a wreath laying, meet ethnic Germans in Ukraine, and give an address at the Kiev University.
Ethnic Germans moved from Central Asia to southern Ukraine in 1992 seeking a better life, but many are disillusioned and ready to leave. They are looking to Chancellor Kohl to put pressure on Kiev to improve their living conditions, or to give them the chance to live in Germany.
The ethnic Germans, part of a community which has lived in the countries of the former Soviet Union for generations, arrived in Ukraine in 1992 at the invitation of Leonid Kravchuk, Ukraine's first post-Soviet president.
The Bonn government has already has given money to help the resettled Germans, but the Varyushyno Germans said this humanitarian aid had been stopped after several scandals within the Ukrainian-German Fund, responsible for the financing.
Many of the former Soviet Union's ethnic Germans lived in an autonomous region on the Volga river until Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union in 1941. Soviet dictator Josef Stalin responded by branding the ethnic Germans fascists and spies and deporting them from the Volga region, and from other settlements in Russia and in southern Ukraine, to Central Asia.
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