Russian President Putin 'Will Respect' Ukraine's Vote

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Bulgaria: Russian President Putin 'Will Respect' Ukraine's Vote Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a plenary session during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg on 23 May 2014. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Russia's President Vladimir Putin announced he will respect the results of the presidential elections to be held Sunday in Ukraine.

At an economic conference in the city of St Petersburg he described the current situation in Ukraine as a "full-scale civil war".

"We wish that peace and calm come in Ukraine [and that] conditions are created for the country to move out of the crisis. I am speaking with no irony, so that in a country brotherly to us there is order. We will work with those who are now controlling power [and] after elections will work with newly-elected structures," Putin was quoted by Peterburgski Dnevnik, a local daily, as saying.

He asserted his country would support any choice made by the Ukrainian people.

Putin nevertheless advised Kiev's interim leadership that a new constitution be adopted through a referendum and repeated his stance that "under the current constitution Yanukovych is still in power."

He was referring to ousted President Viktor Yanykovych who fled Kiev following episodes of violence in the capital and other towns and cities of Ukraine.

Russia's President also urged that military operations in the east and south of Ukraine should be suspended.

His words address concerns of Ukrainian politicians and some Western leaders caused by Russia's earlier statement that it may decide not to respect Sunday, May 25's presidential elections, as it also deems the current Kiev leadership illegitimate.

Pro-Russian separatists occupying a number of buildings in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions at Ukraine's eastern borders have also vowed not to hold the vote in the cities which are currently under their control.

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sa-sha - 30 May 2014 // 13:36:00

....;-) ab ovo:
"this story" is - from top to bottom - about American "exceptionalism". The strategic goal: "Rule, America". And the project "Ukraine" is one of the current USA' tasks, nothing else (btw, hence the Nuland's "f*ck the EU"). To get it means to get that "the Ukraine's vote"=USA's order. I doubt that Putin should respect it.
"Bullies tend to revert to threats and abusive language when they are running out of arguments"---Nice remark. Just listen to the USA' polliticians.....So many examples "showing their true colors", no?...... ;-)
Dear Cherry "News Flash", to tread ON "you"- as well as to suppress the truths, to spit on laws, to kill civilians, to "sow democracy", in brief, - it is not for me, sorry......I fear to tread IN the steps of Your "way of life!".

John Doe - 29 May 2014 // 14:01:57

Sorry but I disagree, this "story" is all about Putin. He might respect the Ukraine' s vote, but he can not accept it. Accepting would be his instant political death. He needs a ongoing "fire" for his followers, so they are not loosing focus. How else can he keep his fellow country men at bay? With an economic initiative, like reindustrialization of Russia (someone else is trying to do that too). Good luck catching up 50 years of missed chances.
Bullies tend to revert to threats and abusive language when they are running out of arguments. Just showing their true colors. It always amazes me, that countries that brought forward great thinkers also have a massiv reserve of not so blessed people.

Solzhenitsyn - 29 May 2014 // 04:25:10

Gulag: the pearl of the Russian economy.

News Flash - 29 May 2014 // 04:11:24

Dear Ms. Sasha,
Democracy, human rights, and freedom are not intellectual disputes. They are a way of life! Don't tread on us!

Thunderstorm - 29 May 2014 // 02:00:02

Oh, the UK has got onto Vladimir K. (personal) hit list, just after Poland and the Baltics. What Vladimir says, Russia does. Ein Reich, ein Fuhrer. looks like is not THE Vladimir, I am afraid.

je suis anglais - 29 May 2014 // 00:49:13

since when did scotch become an english beverage? you really must work on your insults.

Vladimir K. - 29 May 2014 // 00:46:13

Jesuiesanglais. Russia will invade your porch, throw your door down. Force your lazy western ass to work in gulags. So better watch your language before you complain here being drunk on your crappy scotch.

je suis anglais - 29 May 2014 // 00:34:30

oooooh a threat from the usually too-drunk-to-be-coherent sa-sha. must be just too close to the nerve of the propaganda paymasters with that one John.

sa-sha - 28 May 2014 // 18:39:52

The story is not about Putin, John. The story is about human life. And think better over Your own one, OK?

John Doe - 28 May 2014 // 12:52:32

Now Putin needs a new enemy to manipulate his people. The chocolate president makes a poor target.
I bet anyone in this forum, that within 24 month we have a big terrorist attack on Russian soil. And Putin will blame the decadent west for instigating that attack.
Everything is so obvious, it not even fun to watch.
Putin needs these enemies so he can survive. If he does not put on a good show his folks will kill him.
Or has anyone knowledge of a dictator that waged war against other countries, that actually survived dictatorship and returned his homeland to democracy, a thriving economy, respect of human rights and freedom of press?

sa-sha - 28 May 2014 // 12:29:59

"intelectual disputes on democracy, human rights etc" is what Russia offers PERMANENTLY to UNSC, USA, EU, EP.....The result: the total silence of the above structures. It's a bit difficult to conduct the INTELLECTUAL dispute with the so shy "intelectuals" and with their so stormy rhesus monkeys.

Thunderstorm - 28 May 2014 // 00:31:09

It is the danger of sanctions what stopped him. Putin and his monkeys are not interested in intelectual disputes on democracy, human rights etc. but the language of stick is what he and his fellow country men know and respect. The more stick, the better Russia!

dancegay - 27 May 2014 // 21:46:02

yes a rigged a fraudulent election for Eu stooge Poroshko

sa-sha - 24 May 2014 // 10:09:54

;-)...USSR passed away in 1991 but it stinks so far.
What on earth "free election" in the country captured by the thugs...The first precondition will be, sure, not this farcical "Free election"of the already appointed by USA Ukrainian President "PP"(Puppet Poroshenko), but stopping the real slaghter which is effected right now by his pals. Though I doubt that his masters allow him to stop it.

Seedy at his best, the full triumph of the full idiocy, as usual...

News Flash - 24 May 2014 // 09:57:06

This Putin is a bigger fool than originally realized.

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