Front-runner in Ukraine's presidential election Viktor Yanukovych vowed to bring the country out of the economic crisis if he becomes the president, according to RIA Novosti.

"My first steps will be aimed at overcoming the crisis," he said in an interview with Ukraine's ICTV television channel.

He said that that in order to achieve the task he would need a team of professionals both in the cabinet and in the parliament, adding that he also plans to work out a strategy for the country's development up to 2020.

Yanukovych won the first round of Ukraine's presidential vote on January 17 and will face off against runner-up Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in the second round on February 7. The gap between the two contenders is just above 10%.

The country's incumbent president, Viktor Yushchenko, received just 5% of the vote in the first round.


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