Russia, Ukraine vows to improve ties

22:22, March 05, 2010      

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The presidents of Russia and Ukraine on Friday pledged to improve bilateral ties after years of tension under Ukraine's pro-Western leadership.

"I hope that with the arrival of a new president in Ukraine, the relations between our countries will assume a new quality in dynamics, become much closer, and be based on kind sentiments and pragmatism," Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych during their Kremlin meeting.

Yanukovych, making his first visit to Moscow after he was sworn in, promised to bring changes in his country's strained relations with Russia, saying bilateral ties should never have reached such a low level.

Relations between Moscow and Kiev deteriorated during Viktor Yushchenko's presidency over his West-leaning policies.

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