Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko believes that any radical statements worsen the condition of Ukrainian-Russian relations.
According to an UNIAN correspondent, Yulia Tymoshenko said this on Wednesday, commenting on the statement of the Russian State Duma.
“Frankly speaking, it was an inadequate response of the Russian State Duma to conferring the rank of a people’s artist of Ukraine on Philipp Kirkorov [Russian singer]. We have been making friendly steps, and hoping to build a normal collaboration. It seems to me that every radical step worsens the state of affairs between the two countries”, Yulia Tymoshenko said.
The Prime Minister noted that Ukraine and Russia, building their relations, must base upon uniting factors.
“I’m not a football fan, but I know that recently Zenit [Russian football club - UNIAN] won the UEFA Cup, and the winning team included Ukrainian player Tymoshchuk. All of us supported them and wished this victory, so I think we should better look for positive and not for negative”, she said.
Yulia Tymoshenko also noted that the Ukrainian government has intent to build a maximally effective collaboration with Russia. Commenting on the situation with the Russian Black Sea Fleet at the Ukrainian territory, the Prime Minister said: “The government will observe the agreement. It seems to me one should better not make loud statements, but do real work. The government will do its work”.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the Russian parliament issued a statement on Wednesday saying that Ukraine`s accession to NATO would unilaterally terminate a friendship treaty with Russia. The State Duma, the lower house of parliament, adopted the statement to bring to the attention of the country’s leadership Ukraine`s `unfriendly` policies. The treaty in question is the bilateral Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership, signed in 1997.