Recent open message of Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev to President Viktor Yushchenko caused many comments on it:
Arseniy Yatsenyuk:
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's statement on the postponement of the new Russian ambassador's arrival in Kyiv reflects the high level of tension in relations between Ukraine and Russia, former Ukrainian Foreign Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk has said.

"I think that this is the evidence of the very high temperature in our bilateral relations. I'd like to emphasize that in principle, there are problems here both with the Ukrainian and Russian sides," he told the Echo of Moscow radio station on Tuesday.

Yatseniuk said that the political course followed by incumbent Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko had given grounds for his policy to be called anti-Russian.

"Of course, the incumbent Ukrainian president has given many grounds to consider his policy anti-Russian. However, our Russian colleagues have immediately used this. Therefore, a chronic disease has become extremely acute," he said.

"The current level of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Russia is unacceptable," he said.

Yatseniuk said he disagreed with some of Medvedev's statements. In particular, he pointed to mutual relations between Ukraine and Georgia and the actions of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili in respect to South Ossetia.

"I don't support what Saakashvili had done, but all of the weapons were supplied [by Ukraine to Georgia] in line with international standards," he said.

Yatseniuk said that nobody in Ukraine was planning to raise the question of the early withdrawal of the Russian Black Sea Fleet from Sevastopol, and he criticized the Ukrainian politicians who insisted on a review of the rent for the basing of the Russian fleet in Sevastopol.

He said that a new format of mutual relations between Ukraine and Russia would be determined after the presidential election in Ukraine in January 2010.
Serhiy Tihipko:
The statement of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev about the "anti-Russian policy" of Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko is not news to anyone in Ukraine, but in the current political situation, however, it may be to Yuschenko's advantage, presidential candidate and a well-known banker Serhiy Tihipko told the press on Tuesday, commenting on Medvedev's letter to Yuschenko.

"Yuschenko will go anyway. He has understood that the country doesn't need him, so he is trying to manipulate the moods of nationalists, attempting to consolidate them. This wouldn't work for the consolidation of the country, but he is getting ready for the next parliamentary election," Tihipko said.

He added that Yuschenko had had chances to bring Ukraine to a new level of development, but he neglected them and, as a result, lost voters' trust.

Tihipko also said that the Ukrainian officials shouldn't concentrate too much attention on the country's past, but should look to the future.
Volodymyr Lytvyn:

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."

European Parliament Vice-President:
Medvedev's accusations against the Ukrainian leadership for pursuing an anti-Russian course indicate that Russia wants to intrude into the presidential election campaign in Ukraine, Vice-President of the European Parliament Marek Siwiec has said.

"This is the start of Russia's intrusion into the process of elections in Ukraine. Europe can clearly recognize the language of imperial politics," Siwiec said in an interview with Radio Liberty.

When asked which candidate for Ukraine's presidency the Kremlin currently supports, Siwiec noted that Russia is not showing its sympathies as openly as five years ago. To answer this question, one should heed to what Ukraine's presidential hopefuls are saying, the vice-president of the European Parliament has said. He refused to give any particular names, but said that it was obvious.

The European Union currently has no grounds for intruding into the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, but Brussels should closely follow its development, Siwiec concluded.

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