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Russia not sending Ukraine envoy due to crisis: Medvedev

Russia is postponing sending a new ambassador to Ukraine due to a crisis in relations, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday, expressing hope ties would improve under a "new leadership" in Kiev.

world Updated: Aug 11, 2009 12:29 IST

Russia is postponing sending a new ambassador to Ukraine due to a crisis in relations, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday, expressing hope ties would improve under a "new leadership" in Kiev.

"I want to inform you that under the current anti-Russian course of the Ukrainian leadership, I have taken a decision to postpone sending a new ambassador to Kiev," Medvedev said in a letter to Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko.

"Russia hopes a new political leadership in Ukraine will be ready to create relations between our people that respond to the real hopes of our people," he added in the letter, the text of which was published by the Kremlin.

Ukraine is to hold crucial presidential elections on January 17 in which pro-Western forces are expected to square up against figures more loyal to Russia.