Skip to comments.Medvedev Invites Ukraine President - Elect to Moscow
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."
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I don't think the Ukrainian people will play ball.
“We’re putting the band back together!”
You’re going to have a “Sudetenland” situation here with Russians primarily populating Eastern Ukraine.
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.