President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko believes that Ukraine and Russia should build equal and pragmatic relations.

He said this in an interview with Nezavisimaya Gazeta on the eve of his visit to Russia, scheduled for early June.

“I want that Russians do not perceive actions of the Ukraine side as anti-Russian. We are building our state, respecting the independence and sovereignty of other countries. And we demand the same attitude from our neighbors: it’s time to forget about ambitions of the empire’s center and offences of the colony, their place is in history”, Victor Yushchenko noted.

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According to him, basing on this understanding, “we should build absolutely new relations – equal and pragmatic”.

At the same time, the President stressed that he had several times initiated a meeting with Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev, “but the issue has not been solved as yet”.