Yanukovych stands for Abkhazia and South Ossetia independence

Ukraine must support the will of the people of Abkhazia and South Ossetia to obtain independence. The Party of Regions leader Viktor Yanukovych declared, the party press office reported.

According to him, the recognition of the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia by Russia is a logical continuation of the process started by western countries with Kosovo. "In February I expressed my apprehension concerning the fact that such step would cause a chain reaction. We warned the world about the danger of using double standards regarding the situation on recognition of Kosovo independence," he said.

Yanukovych underlined that recognition of Kosovo without consent of Serbia destroyed the border order, established after the World War II.

"Several months passed and the forecast proved to be right. How should we treat the recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia by Russia? We must act without double standards. I consider Ukraine must accept the will of the people of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and to recognize their independence," the statement says.

[Source: Forum Ukranian News, Kiev, Ukr, 26Aug08]

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