BERLIN, May 28 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said on Wednesday that his country should become a European country under the newly elected President Petro Poroshenko.
Visiting Yatsenyuk was invited to a dinner by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at her Chancellery in Berlin, according to a statement posted on the website of the German government.
Merkel told Yatsenyuk she was glad that the presidential election was held in Ukraine, and a result was already achieved in the first round of the ballot.
Yatsenyuk said the security situation in Ukraine was still complicated, saying all countries, in particular Russia, should fulfill their international obligations.
The goal, he stressed, is that Ukraine would become a European country with its new president.
Preliminary official results showed that Poroshenko, a 48-year- old billionaire and independent politician, led Sunday's presidential election in Ukraine with a vote share of 53.7 percent.
Merkel welcomed the result. In a telephone conversation with Poroshenko on Tuesday, she said the election clearly showed Ukrainian people's commitment to unity and to find a peaceful solution to the current conflict, calling on parties in Ukraine to continue their efforts to reach inner reconciliation.
Besides Yatsenyuk, Merkel on Wednesday also invited Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca and Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili to dinner and discussed the issue of association agreements with the European Union (EU).
Merkel expressed support for the two countries in choosing their own path, saying the agreements would help create closer relations between them and the EU in the fields of politics, economy and culture.
Georgia and Moldova will sign association agreements with the EU on June 27. Ukraine has already signed the political part of its agreement with the 28-member bloc.
A Chinese envoy said here on Wednesday that China respects the Ukrainian people's choice in the country's presidential election and will continue to play a constructive role in settling the Ukraine crisis.
Wang Min, China's deputy permanent representative to the UN, made the remarks while addressing an open meeting of the Security Council on the situation in the Eastern European country. Full story
MOSCOW, May 28 (Xinhua) -- Russia on Wednesday urged for immediate stop of bloodshed in eastern Ukraine, which claimed increasing lives with military operation there gaining momentum.
"(Russian Foreign Minister Sergei) Lavrov pointed out that the authorities in Kiev have no justification for continuing their punitive operation in the southeast of the country, which now involves the use of heavy weapons and military aircraft and has led to dozens of fatalities, including among civilians," the ministry said in a statement, referring to a phone conversation between Lavrov and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Full story