Moscow anticipates better ties with Kiev after presidential election

11:27, January 16, 2010      

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Russia hopes the results of the upcoming presidential elections in Ukraine will facilitate bilateral relations between Moscow and Kiev, said a spokesman for Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday.

"Elections in Ukraine are a sovereign issue for the Ukrainian people, who, we are sure, can make decisions on their own and finally make the right choice," Andrei Nesterenko told a press briefing.

"Moscow keeps a close watch on the situation in Ukraine and has quite clear interest in its development," said the spokesman.

"We hope the candidate winning the votes of the majority will pursue a responsible, open, respectful and sincere policy with regards to Russia after becoming president, and be ready for practical cooperation in all aspects of our interaction," he added.

A total of 18 candidates stand ready for the Sunday presidential election of Ukraine, including President Yushchenko, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Parliament Speaker Vladimir Litvin, Regions Party leader Viktor Yanukovich, Change Front head Arseniy Yatseniuk, and Sergei Tigipko, leader of Labor Party.

Relations between Russia and Ukraine are in constant friction due to issues such as energy supplies, station of Russian Black Sea Fleet and Kiev's NATO accession.

Source: Xinhua
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