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Russia: 'Too early to congratulate anyone' – Peskov on Ukrainian presidential election02:50

Russia: 'Too early to congratulate anyone' – Peskov on Ukrainian presidential election

Russian Federation, Moscow
April 1, 2019 at 11:51 GMT +00:00 · Published

Press Secretary for President of Russia Dmitri Peskov said it "would be wrong to congratulate anyone" for reaching the second round of the Ukrainian presidential election, speaking with journalists in Moscow on Monday.

Peskov stated that the winner of the elections "has not yet been determined" and it is necessary to wait until the runoff vote on April 21.

"We are closely following the statements of the candidates, especially in the part that concerns our country and bilateral relations," Peskov added.

He concluded that Kremlin "would like to see not a war party at the helm of Ukraine, but a party that is aimed at a real step-by-step settlement of the situation in the southeast of Ukraine on the basis of existing agreements."

After more than 70 percent of the votes being counted, comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy and incumbent Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko look set to face in the runoff vote on April 21.

Russia: 'Too early to congratulate anyone' – Peskov on Ukrainian presidential election02:50
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Press Secretary for President of Russia Dmitri Peskov said it "would be wrong to congratulate anyone" for reaching the second round of the Ukrainian presidential election, speaking with journalists in Moscow on Monday.

Peskov stated that the winner of the elections "has not yet been determined" and it is necessary to wait until the runoff vote on April 21.

"We are closely following the statements of the candidates, especially in the part that concerns our country and bilateral relations," Peskov added.

He concluded that Kremlin "would like to see not a war party at the helm of Ukraine, but a party that is aimed at a real step-by-step settlement of the situation in the southeast of Ukraine on the basis of existing agreements."

After more than 70 percent of the votes being counted, comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy and incumbent Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko look set to face in the runoff vote on April 21.