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Yanukovych to visit Moscow at start of March

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Viktor Yanukovych, due to be sworn in as Ukraine's president on February 25, will visit Moscow in the first ten days of March, the Kremlin said on Saturday.

MOSCOW, February 20 (RIA Novosti) - Viktor Yanukovych, due to be sworn in as Ukraine's president on February 25, will visit Moscow in the first ten days of March, the Kremlin said on Saturday.

The decision was reached during a phone conversation between Yanukovych and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev earlier in the day.

The former premier promised during his election campaign to improves ties with Russia, soured in recent years by President Viktor Yushchenko's bid to take Ukraine into NATO, bitter gas disputes, Kiev's support for Georgia during its August 2008 war with Russia, as well as other issues.

The final obstacle to Yanukovych's inauguration was removed earlier in the day when Prime Minster Yulia Tymoshenko unexpectedly withdrew a legal appeal contesting the results of the February 7 presidential runoff.

 

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