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Medvedev Invites Ukraine President - Elect to Moscow
NY Times ^ | February 15, 2010 | Reuters

Posted on 02/15/2010 5:52:13 AM PST by UAConservative

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia invited Ukrainian president-elect Viktor Yanukovich on Monday to visit Moscow, aiming to consolidate improved relations with Kiev after years of acrimony under the outgoing president.

President Dmitry Medvedev made the invitation in a letter to Yanukovich released by the Kremlin press service.

Ukraine's electoral commission confirmed on Sunday Yanukovich's win over his rival Yulia Tymoshenko in a runoff on February 7, paving the way for his inauguration. Tymoshenko says she intends challenging the result in court.

If Yanukovich accepts the invitation, it could be his first foreign trip as president, reinforcing expectations that he will steer the former Soviet republic back towards Moscow's orbit.

In a pointed reference to outgoing President Viktor Yushchenko, Medvedev's letter said the election showed that Ukrainians "desired to end the historically doomed attempts to sow discord between the people of our countries."

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Russia
KEYWORDS: medvedev; soviet; ukraine; yanukovich
The Russians are trying to reunite their Soviet bloc.
1 posted on 02/15/2010 5:52:13 AM PST by UAConservative
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3 posted on 02/15/2010 6:15:59 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: UAConservative
Vladimir Putin would like to get Ukraine back into the Russian Empire for any number of reasons.

I don't think the Ukrainian people will play ball.

4 posted on 02/15/2010 6:42:15 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: UAConservative

“We’re putting the band back together!”


5 posted on 02/15/2010 6:44:37 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Jimmy Valentine

You’re going to have a “Sudetenland” situation here with Russians primarily populating Eastern Ukraine.


6 posted on 02/15/2010 6:46:08 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
I see your point, except that those are not "Russians" any more.

Since partition, and since some of the Russo/Ukrainian history is now freely talked about, e.g. the "Holodomor" Ukrainians of all descents are Ukrainian.

Yanukovitch is looked down upon because he is so ignorant in the Ukrainian Language, which is evidently a derivation of the Czech language not Russian. Also, a few years ago, he was in prison, so he has to walk very carefully or out he goes.

7 posted on 02/15/2010 7:05:45 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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