11:31 11.08.2009

No hope for normalizing relations with Russia under current leadership, says Ukraine's opposition leader

Party of Regions leader Viktor Yanukovych said that there is no hope today for an improvement in the Ukrainian-Russian relations.

Yanukovych was commenting on Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's open letter to Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko.

"Unfortunately, under the current leadership, there is practically no hope for a normalization or improvement in relations with Russia," the party's press service quoted Yanukovych as saying on Tuesday.

If the Party of Regions comes to power, the first thing it will do is normalize mutually-advantageous relations with Russia, he said.

"The first thing we will do after we come to power is revive normal, good-neighborly, equitable and mutually beneficial relations with our strategic partner Russia - relations that will open prospects for both states," Yanukovych said.

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