Russia has said the outcome of Ukraine’s re-run presidential election will not affect relations between the two countries. That was the message given to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Konstantin Grishchenko in a meeting in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.
“We hear a lot of provocative statements from here and from there. Today, we agreed that this has nothing to do with our strategic partnership, which doesn’t depend on a political state of affairs but is based on the closest ties of our people and satisfies our mutual interests,” said Lavrov. The previous presidential vote was annulled by the Ukranian Supreme Court because it was found to be rigged. The December 26th ballot pits the western leaning opposition leader, Viktor Yuschenko against the pro-Russian Prime Minister Viktor Yanokovich. Both candidates have been out on the streets campaigning to the end. About 12,000 monitors are due to watch over the vote. The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe said the November poll was deeply flawed.