Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Ukraine Victor Chernomyrdin hopes that no less than 22 Russian citizens will vote at the Russian presidential election in Ukraine.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, he claimed this to a news conference in Kyiv today.

The Ambassador stressed that some 22 thousand Russian citizens took part in the voting at the previous Russian parliamentary election in Ukraine. “We expect that nearly the same number will take in the upcoming presidential election”, he said.


According to the information of V.Chernomyrdin, 5 main polling stations were opened in Ukraine – in Kyiv, Lviv, Odessa, Symferopol, and Kharkiv.

At the same time, the Ambassador expressed a hope that the relations between Ukraine and Russia will improve after the election.

He pointed out that in 2007, the commodity circulation between Ukraine and Russia made up over 33 billion dollars, and, in particular, the Ukrainian export has grown almost by 60%. According to him, the potential of the commodity circulation between Ukraine and Russia makes up “at least, 50 billion dollars”.

V.Chernomyrdin also stressed that during the period of presidency of Vladimir Putin, the welfare of Russian citizens has grown, and “rather significant improvements were recorded in all spheres”.

Asked whether his personal welfare has increased over the past years, V.Chernomyrdin said: “My welfare improved – my grandson was born, he was named Victor, and this is my biggest achievement”.

V.Chernomyrdin wished Ukraine to stabilize the political situation and to make the work of parliament effective.