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EU calls on Russia to work with new Ukraine president

Published on May 28, 2014 5:59 AM
Presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko stands in front of a sign Ukraine-2014 as he speaks during the press-conference in Kiev on May 26, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

BRUSSELS (AFP) - EU leaders urged Russia on Tuesday to work with new Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko and to continue withdrawing its troops from the country’s border.

“We expect (Russia) to cooperate with the newly elected and legitimate president,” said a draft EU summit statement seen by AFP.

Russia should likewise “continue the withdrawal of armed forces from the Ukrainian border and use its leverage on the armed separatists to de-escalate the situation” in the east, it said.

European Union leaders were meeting in Brussels to discuss the outcome of European Parliament elections on Tuesday but had also put Ukraine, where Mr Poroshenko won the vote Sunday, on the agenda.

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