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NEWS: Putin Agrees to Respect New Ukraine Election

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posted on Nov, 30 2004 @ 05:14 AM
Should another election be held, Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed to respect the result. This agreement came during a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. This apparent softening may give momentum to calls both in and out of the Ukraine to hold another election.
BERLIN (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin (news - web sites) agreed in a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Tuesday to respect the results of any new election in Ukraine, the German government said.

The three-sentence statement from the government suggested a softening of Moscow's position and appeared to increase the likelihood of a new poll to resolve a week-old crisis triggered by the country's disputed presidential election on Nov. 21.

"Chancellor Schroeder and Russian President Vladimir Putin had another telephone conversation today in which they discussed the situation in Ukraine," the statement said.

"Their conversation addressed, in particular, the question of how to find a political solution, assuring Ukraine's territorial integrity and both parties' ability to enter into talks.

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Iím not surprised that Putin would back down a bit in this issue. There simply was no percentage in opposing the issue. It would have left Russia isolated against world opinion and Putin may see it as a way out. Should elections fail to go forth, there is a real danger of a civil war in the Ukraine.

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posted on Nov, 30 2004 @ 05:56 AM
Not sure how to take this after reading this article from yahoo's news service.

Ukraine Faces Split, Bloodshed, Putin Ally Says

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian parliamentary speaker Boris Gryzlov said Tuesday Ukraine was headed for breakup or bloodshed over its deadlocked presidential election.

The situation there is heading toward a split or toward bloodshed," Gryzlov, who briefly took part in attempts to mediate between pro-Moscow Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich and West-leaning Viktor Yushchenko last week, told reporters.

"I see no other way the situation could develop," he said after leaders of the State Duma lower house invited the head of the city council of Donetsk, the largest city in eastern Ukraine, to brief parliamentarians Wednesday.

East Ukraine is mostly Russian speaking and strongly backs Yanukovich.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has openly supported Yanukovich in the Ukrainian poll and congratulated him on winning the election, branded by Yushchenko and the West as fraudulent.

Putin has urged the feuding candidates, whose supporters are leading mass protests across Ukraine for a second week, to solve their dispute though legal means.

This sounds a lil like double talk to me.


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