The responsibility for deepening the crisis in Ukrainian-Russian relations should be borne by both Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, Director of the Sofia Center for Social Research Andriy Yermolayev told the Interfax-Ukraine news agency on Tuesday, according to Kyiv Post.

The expert said that he considers Medvedev's letter to his Ukrainian counterpart "as one of the battles in a diplomatic war, which Russia wants to win." On the other hand, Yermolayev said that both Yushchenko and the forces supporting him are creating grounds for fresh conflicts.

"But this is just the tip of the iceberg, because I think the letter looks quite inappropriate in the current situation," he said.

He added that such statements can be made at an informal level, during a personal conversation, but not in the form of official statements and letters the whole country will read.

When asked how the letter would affect economic bilateral relations between the two countries, Yermolayev said: "This means only one thing, that all this talk - initiatives about joint anti-crisis action -will remain just talk for at least six months."


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