5 Mar 2010

Alas, Russia and Ukraine pledge to mend relations

Mirroring Moscow's delight that the pro-Western leaders of the Orange Revolution have finally been defeated, Ukraine's new President, Viktor Yanukovych, and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, have pledged to end tensions between their two countries.

In his first visit to Moscow, following his election last month, Mr Yanukovych said he would open a "new page" in ties with Russia. At a joint new conference, Mr Medvedev said he hoped the "black streak" in relations would be over.

Tensions rose under Ukraine's previous Pro-Western administration. Mr Yanukovych defeated (the sorest loser!) Yulia Tymoshenko, in the election run-off, in February. He now says that he wants good relations with both Russia and the West, and has already visited the EU headquarters, in Brussels.

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