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Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych Meets With Putin In Moscow Amid Mass Protests

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA - DECEMBER 17:  Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) greets President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych (R) during their meeting on December 17, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. Yanukovych is having a one-day visit to Russia. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - DECEMBER 17: Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) greets President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych (R) during their meeting on December 17, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. Yanukovych is having a one-day visit to Russia. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)

MOSCOW (AP) — The Ukrainian president has arrived in Moscow for talks with his Russian counterpart as protests against him continue at home.

Viktor Yanukovych met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, vowing to bolster trade relations between the two countries.

Ukraine, which needs an estimated $10 billion in loans to keep its economy afloat and meet payment obligations, has been shuttling between Russia and the West for months in search of a better deal.

Russia has strongly opposed Ukraine's closer ties with the EU and has encouraged it to join a customs union. Putin could also offer Ukraine a mix of credit, investment pledges and a discount on energy prices, particularly natural gas.

Ukrainian opposition leaders have promised more protests if Yanukovych signs any deal bringing the country closer to Moscow.

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