Ukraine's relations with its neighbors must not depend on change of Ukraine's leadership: Verkhovna Rada ruling coalition member

Ukraine's relations with its neighbors must not depend on change of Ukraine's leadership: Verkhovna Rada ruling coalition member

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 18 / Trend E. Tariverdiyeva /

Ukraine's relationship with its neighbors must not depend on the change of Ukraine's leadership, member of the Verkhovna Rada of the ruling coalition Oles Dony said.

"Ukraine's ties with the Caucasus states are strong and will remain the same in future," Dony told Trend over phone from Kiev.

The presidential elections in Ukraine were held Jan. 17. As of 12:40 on January 18 the Central Election Commission has examined 90.03 percent of protocols of precinct election commissions. Viktor Yanukovich got 35.39 percent of votes, Yulia Tymoshenko - 24.97 percent.

The corresponding data was published at the monitors in the CEC, UNIAN agency said.

Regardless of who becomes the new president of Ukraine, the friendly relations between the two countries will be strong, Georgia's Deputy Foreign Minister Nino Kalandadze said at the traditional briefing on Monday.

She said Ukraine is Georgia's neighbor, its strategic partner and that is why Georgia has sent more than 300 observers to Ukraine's elections.

"We welcome any choice of Ukraine's people made in fair and democratic conditions," she said.

Dony said there is a factor of Russia's presence in the relationship. It can not be discounted, because this factor is fundamental, even in bilateral relations between the former republics of the USSR.

"Even if the relations cool at the level of the presidents, the economic and humanitarian relations between countries, between Ukraine and Georgia in particular, will not be affected after the change of the leadership of the country," he said.

MP said that Ukraine is interested in sale markets of products in the territory of former Soviet countries.

"Ukraine was greatly criticized over sale of arms to Georgia. But the countries, producing weapons, are interested in sale markets. These are not the only Ukrainian goods supplied to other countries," Dony said.

He said whatever the result of the presidential elections is, Ukraine will establish relations with neighboring countries as a democratic state.

"I think the person who will win in the Ukrainian presidential race will consider the victory as a victory in a democratic country. This person will not consider himself as a governor-general of any other country," Dony said.

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