MoscowAfter the victory of comedian Volodymyr Selenskyj in the run-off election for presidential office in Ukraine, Russia expressed hope for better relations with the neighboring country. There is a chance to improve cooperation, wrote Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday on Facebook. "What is needed for this? Honesty. And a pragmatic and responsible approach is also necessary, "said Medvedev.
The result of Sunday's election shows the desire of people to tackle the problems in Ukraine with a new approach. Selenskyj won after counting almost all ballots with 73 percent of the vote. The 41-year-old TV star thus achieved by far the best result in the history of the presidential elections in independent Ukraine. Incumbent Petro Poroshenko came to about 24 percent of the vote, as the electoral commission in Kiev announced. Many ballots were invalid.
The situation in the ex-Soviet republic is difficult – especially in the east of the country, Medvedev wrote in reference to the war in Donbass. There, Ukrainian government forces are fighting against separatists supported by Russia in parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Medvedev recommended to the new leadership in Kiev that the problems of the country be tackled with common sense – and in view of the deep attachment of the Russian and Ukrainian people.
"Only on this basis can economic cooperation be revitalized," said Medvedev. And so could the serious social problems of millions of Ukrainians be solved. Like Poroshenko, Selensky had stressed the aspiration to join Ukraine in the EU and in NATO.
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