20:25 11.08.2009

Medvedev's message to Yuschenko could be used in election campaign to split Ukraine, says speaker

Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn has said that certain presidential candidates will use Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's letter addressed to his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yuschenko to draw the support of more voters, which may result in a split in the country.

"In my opinion, certain presidential candidates will use this letter to mobilize voters, which could, as a result, threaten a split of the country," he told Interfax-Ukraine on Tuesday.

Lytvyn said that the "address by the Russian president to the Ukrainian president does not require hasty, emotional and politically colored assessments, it requires a serious analysis of how we're planning to live further and build Ukrainian-Russian relations."

He said that Ukrainian-Russian relations are not just relations between the countries tightly tied by their history, and added that "they affect the interests of the international community, at least the European community."

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