Schroeder phones Putinon Ukraine election crisis

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24 November 2004, BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder phoned Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday about Ukraine's election crisis, hours after warning against letting the situation get "out of control". Chancellery officials said it was a long call and Schroeder set out his concerns. Officials in Moscow said the German leader had called for the standoff to be settled "in accord with the terms of Ukrainian electoral laws". Both sides' accounts said they agreed the crisis had to be settled

24 November 2004

BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder phoned Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday about Ukraine's election crisis, hours after warning against letting the situation get "out of control".

Chancellery officials said it was a long call and Schroeder set out his concerns. Officials in Moscow said the German leader had called for the standoff to be settled "in accord with the terms of Ukrainian electoral laws".

Both sides' accounts said they agreed the crisis had to be settled without violence and in accord with Ukrainian laws.  The two men are close and converse in German.

Putin has overtly supported candidate Viktor Yanukovich, who is currently Ukraine's prime minister and has been declared the winner. Western Europeans have had more sympathy with reformist candidate Viktor Yuschenko.

Earlier in parliament, Schroeder had said, "We must provide help so that the situation does not get out of control," referring to the massive protests and charges of election irregularities in Kiev. "I want to help," he told deputies.

German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer slammed the presidential election, telling the parliament that all the signs were that there had been major fraud. He said a recount was needed, adding that Putin had influenced the electoral campaign.

The Bundestag chamber passed a unanimous resolution calling for a review of the Ukrainian electoral rolls and a complete recount of the votes, adding that the Ukrainian parliament should consider a repeat election.

They said both sides should steer clear of violence or provocation.

The poll had been a "serious setback for the spread of democracy and the rule of law in Europe".

Mass rallies have been going on in Kiev to protest the official results that awarded victory to Yanukovich. Yuschenko has declared himself the winner.

 

 

 

 German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, warning against letting the situation get "out of control" in Ukraine in the wake of the country's controversial presidential elections, said on Wednesday he would try to help to de-escalate the tensions in Kiev.

In remarks in parliamentary debate about the proposed 2005 budget, Schroeder indicated he would talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the post-election developments in the Ukraine.

"We must provide help so that the situation does not get out of control," Schroeder said in reference to the massive protests and charges of election irregularities in Kiev. "I want to help."

Earlier in the debate, the conservative opposition's foreign policy expert, Wolfgang Schaeuble, urged Schroeder to talk with the Kremlin leader about the developments in the Ukraine.

Schaeuble said that if Putin were a "convinced democrat", then Schroeder should win the Russian leader over for the view that "democratic principles in the Ukraine should be upheld".

But Schaeuble warned against a new East-West confrontation over spheres of influence.

The remarks come amid worries about the rising tensions in Kiev, where mass rallies to protest the official results giving the election victory to Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich. Reformist candidate Viktor Yuschenko has declared himself the winner.

DPA

Subject: German news

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