Zeman in Moldova warns against Tymoshenko´s victory in Ukraine


22.05.2014 13:59

Chisinau - Czech President Milos Zeman, on a visit to Moldova, today warned against former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko´s victory in Sunday´s presidential polls in Ukraine.


Ilustrační foto - Prezident Miloš Zeman. ČTK Doležal Michal

Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti hopes that military actions in the neighbouring Ukraine will end and a peaceful presidential election will be held, he said after meeting Zeman.

Zeman said he would not like to interfere in Ukraine´s internal affairs or express his personal assessment of particular presidential candidates.

Nevertheless, he indirectly mentioned Tymoshenko when he said "a little angel with fair plaits need not necessarily be an angel."

Zeman said he believes that the new Ukrainian president will reach reconciliation with the pro-Russian separatists, "by which he would avoid the risk of both a civil war and an invasion from outside."

Timofti said Moldova believes that all military actions that lead to fatalities will be ended in Ukraine.

Chisinau is afraid of a possible spreading of violence in Ukraine towards the Moldovan border. Some officials say this could enhance separatist tendencies in Moldova´s pro-Russian Transnistria region.

All problems that would emerge must be solved in a peaceful way, Timofti said.

Zeman today arrived in Chisinau for a two-day visit from Romania.

Timofti said Czech companies are interested in investing in Moldovan energy industry, transport and logistics.

The two countries´ representatives today signed the launch of a new development project concerning Czech support to local vine production worth 22 million crowns, a half of which will be covered by the Czech Development Agency and the other half by the USAID agency.

Tymoshenko, Ukrainian prime minister from 2007 to 2010, was one of the leaders of Ukraine´s Orange Revolution in 2004. In 2010, she lost the presidential election to Viktor Yanukovych and in 2011 she was sentenced to seven years in prison for overpriced import of Russian gas in 2009. She was released from prison after the fall of Yanukovych´s regime this February.

($1=20.082 crowns)

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