Romania and Ukraine are ready to start a ‘strategic relationship,

’ Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said yesterday after meeting his Romanian counterpart, Bogdan Aurescu, in Bucharest. “Ukraine seeks to officially start a strategic partnership with Romania,” Kuleba said. “This means a special relationship between our states. Aurescu and I agreed to make this a reality.” Kuleba said the two Black Sea neighbors will open more border checkpoints and facilitate more cooperation in natural gas. Romania will send a military unit to march in Ukraine’s Independence Day parade on Aug.