Will Respect the Choice of Ukrainian People
Who Elected Their President – Gryzlov
(RIA Novosti) – Russia will respect the choice of the Ukrainian
people who have elected their president, State Duma speaker Boris
Gryzlov told reporters on Tuesday.
choice has been made, and following inauguration Russia will no
doubt congratulate the winner of the political marathon, and all
steps will be made as presupposed by diplomatic practice,"
the chairman of the lower house said.
that Russian observers in the course of a revote of the runoff
identified a large number of irregularities, but the Ukrainian
Central Election Commission found them insufficient to pass the
Kosachev, head of the State Duma’s international affairs committee,
in his turn emphasized that the strengthening of cooperation between
Russia and Ukraine meets the basic interests of the two nations.
as nobody else, is interested in preserving Ukraine as a single
and strong state, and ought to act as the consolidator of society
if its services are called for," the committee head said.
the question by journalists if Russia should try to "placate
the passions" in Ukraine’s eastern regions, the deputy said,
"Certainly it should".
that he had no doubt that Moscow must recognize the Ukrainian
Central Election Commission’s decision on the official returns
of the presidential elections in that country.
The CEC of
Ukraine, by a majority of votes, approved a decision on the voting
results in the election of the country’s president. Viktor Yushchenko
gained 51.99% of the vote, Viktor Yanukovich, 44.2%.
Refuses to Acknowledge His Defeat
(RIA Novosti) – Presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovich has refused
to acknowledge the outcome of the presidential elections held
on December 26 and intends to appeal the results in the Supreme
Court of Ukraine. He said as much at a briefing in Kiev.
to him, the Yushchenko team resorted to administrative resources
and exerted pressure on voters. "Over 800 volumes of registered
violations substantiate our appeal to the Supreme Court, and prove
graphically that our opponents won the so-called "third round"
through violations and falsifications," said Yanukovich.
to him, "this is the reason why we cannot admit the results
of these elections as legal and acknowledge the legitimacy of
the president elected in violation of the constitution and blatantly
violating the rights and freedoms of millions of Ukrainians."
said he would defend his rights by all legal means. "I call
upon the Supreme Court to consider our claim openly for the media
in a live TV and radio broadcast, and to take a legal, and not
political, decision," the presidential candidate emphasised.
He added that
a legal group would be working in court, including lawyers of
a Swiss company and five parliamentarians of the Supreme Rada
(lower house). If the court finds the claim substantiated, further
action should be taken in compliance with the Ukrainian law, Yanukovich
court fails to meet our claim, we believe that we can proceed
within the law and we will go to the European Court. We will never
put up with the outcome of the ‘third round’. We will defend the
rights of the Ukrainian people," noted Yanukovich.