Russia hopes for positive relations with Ukraine's new leadership.
Russia on Tuesday congratulated Viktor Yanukovich on his victory in Ukraine's presidential election, saying that it hoped for better ties with his government.
"We hope that relations with the new Ukrainian government will be positive and efficient," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
President Dmitry Medvedev and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill congratulated Yanukovych earlier on Tuesday.
"Medvedev has congratulated Yanukovych on the completion of the election campaign, which was given a high assessment by international observers, and his victory in the presidential election," the Kremlin said in a statement.
The Ukrainian Central Election Commission has not officially announced the results of the election, but 99.95% of ballots counted, opposition leader Yanukovych has an insurmountable 3.47% lead over his opponent, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
Tymoshenko has not conceded defeat, however, and her camp signaled they would contest the outcome of the polls.
The Kremlin was quick to congratulate Yanukovych in 2004, when initial results gave him victory over Viktor Yushchenko in an election that international observers declared flawed.
Demands for a recount triggered the "Orange Revolution," led by Yushchenko and Tymoshenko, which forced a rerun of the second round of the election that was won by Yushchenko.
Post by TsarSamuil on Feb 10, 2010 10:29:13 GMT -5
Ukraine vote count shows win for Yanukovych, recount demanded.
Viktor Yanukovych narrowly won Ukraine's presidential election with 48.95% of the vote, according to preliminary results announced on Wednesday after election authorities finished counting ballots.
Supporters of Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko demanded a recount, saying they had evidence of violations at hundreds of polling stations.
With 100% of ballots counted from Sunday's presidential runoff, a Central Election Commission official said Tymoshenko had received 45.47% of the vote, 3.48 points behind Yanukovych.
Tymoshenko, a populist leader of the 2004 "orange revolution" protests that overturned Yanukovych's tainted victory in 2004, has stayed out of the public eye since Sunday after vowing during the campaign to take her supporters to the street if she believed the polls had been rigged.
"We demand that the votes be recounted and the results declared invalid," lawmaker Oleh Lyashko was quoted as saying by the Ukrainian news agency Unian.
Another lawmaker, Andrey Kozhemyakin, said Tymoshenko was preparing an address to the nation to raise the alarm over massive vote rigging in the runoff. He said the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc had been gathering evidence of irregularities and had lodged complaints about violations at more than 700 polling stations.
"If the election authorities fail to take the decision [to hold a recount], we will go to the courts, the logic is that simple," he said.
The Tymoshenko Bloc and Yanukovych's Party of Regions squabbled over the election results at a parliamentary session earlier on Wednesday.
Lawmaker Anatoly Kynakh of the Party of Regions called the rival group's attempts to challenge the vote "agony."
International monitors have praised the elections, which the United States on Tuesday called a step forward in the former Soviet state's democratic development.
The official results have yet to be announced, although the completed count gave Yanukovych the plurality of votes required to win.
Yanukovych's victory could shift the country's foreign policy back toward Russia and away from the pro-Western course pursued by outgoing President Viktor Yushchenko.
Yushchenko, swept to power by the "orange revolution" that overturned Yanukovych's fraudulent victory in 2004, was eliminated from the first round of the January 17 election.
Some 40.1% of Ukrainians said the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) was the best global security group for Ukraine to be apart of, the Ukrainian Project System said in comments on the November 4-10 poll.
More than 36% of the respondents said that Ukraine should remain neutral, and only 12.5% supported Ukraine's accession to NATO.
Some 33.9% of the respondents supported Ukraine's full membership in the CSTO; 16.1% said that Ukraine should take part in particular CSTO programs; 7.5% supported sporadic participation in particular missions, and 4.6% said that Ukraine should abstain from any contacts with the CSTO.
Nine percent said they had never heard of CSTO, and 18.9% found it difficult to answer the question.
Post by TsarSamuil on Feb 12, 2010 22:04:42 GMT -5
EU, US Congratulate Ukrainian New President Yanukovich.
Novinite.com World | February 12, 2010, Friday
EU top officials Herman Van Rompuy and Jose Manuel Barroso have both sent their congratulations to the provisional winner of the Ukrainian Presidential elections, Viktor Yanukovich.
Barros urged Yanukovich to begin "urgent reforms", and said: "The European Union will stand by Ukraine in these endeavours. We will continue to provide you with political, economic, financial and technical support."
US President Barak Obama also telephoned Yanukovich on Thursday evening, stressing the legitimacy and conduct of the vote.
"This peaceful expression of the political will of Ukrainian voters is another positive step in strengthening democracy in Ukraine," the White House said in a statement.
These messages of support come despite the fact that Ukraine's Central Election Commission (CEC) has not yet given its final verdict on the poll held on Sunday, February 7.
The CEC confirmed a preliminary result on Wednesday, saying that Yanukovich had won by 3,5%. Its official decision will not be announced until it has received all the original paper copies of the protocols from polling stations, a development expected on February 17.
Meanwhile, rival presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko is still planning to contest the election result, despite mounting EU and US pressure to step aside.
A Cabinet spokesperson has confirmed that Prime Minister Tymoshenko is still planning to challenge the vote on the basis of suspected fraud in the Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk districts.
"It would have been better for them [EU, US] to wait for the final result. But it's their right to congratulate Mr Yanukovych," she added.
Yulia Tymoshenko herself had appeared before cameras on Thursday for the first time since polling day, claiming that Yanukovych had told lies in his election campaign.
Asked why Van Rompuy and Barroso had issued their statements before the CEC’s official pronouncement of the result, an EU official replied it was because "they don't think she [Ms Tymoshenko] will win." Asked if EU leaders would like to see her stand down, the contact said: "Yes."
Post by TsarSamuil on Feb 12, 2010 22:06:21 GMT -5
Yanukovych confirms no plans to take Ukraine into NATO.
Ukraine has no intention of bidding to become a member of NATO, Viktor Yanukovych said on Friday as Western leaders congratulated him on winning the former Soviet republic's presidential polls.
A Ukrainian NATO bid pushed by outgoing President Viktor Yushchenko was strongly backed by the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush. But despite Washington's enthusiasm, it was turned down at a 2008 NATO summit in Bucharest due to pressure from Germany and France, who were concerned that the move would antagonize Russia.
NATO stated however that Ukraine, along with fellow former Soviet republic Georgia, would join the alliance at an unspecified date in the future.
"There is no question of Ukraine joining NATO," Yanukovych said in an interview with Russia's Channel One.
"Ukraine is interested today in the development of a project to create a system of collective European security. We are ready to take part in this and support the initiative of Russia President Dmitry Medvedev," he went on, in a clear indication that the former premier will look to restore ties with Russia, soured in recent years over Ukraine's pro-Western policies.
U.S. President Barack Obama called Yanukovych on Thursday to congratulate him on winning Sunday's presidential runoff. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and European Union President Herman Van Rompuy sent a message to Yanukovych on Friday.
Yanukovych defeated his bitter rival Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko by a mere 3.5% in Sunday's polls, according to final preliminary results. The official results will be announced by February 17.
Ukraine’s presidential candidate Yulia Timoshenko will not recognize the victory of her rival Viktor Yanukovich. In a televised address on Saturday she said she would challenge the results of the election in court.
Timoshenko has claimed more than a million votes across the country were fraudulent.
“These votes are sufficient for us to win,” she said, adding that some OSCE observers are ready to support her in court and provide videos supporting her stance.
“I am responsible before the country, and this obliges me to fight for justice. I have made the only possible decision – to challenge the results in court,” she stated.
Although official results will not be announced until next week, the final tally indicates Timoshenko receiving some 3 per cent fewer votes than Yanukovich, who had almost 49 per cent.
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