Ukraine ready to talk to Russia, but Europe a priority -acting leader

by Reuters
Sunday, 23 February 2014 18:52 GMT

KIEV, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Acting President Oleksander Turchinov said on Sunday Ukraine was ready to talk to the leadership of Russia to try to improve relations, but made clear that Kiev's return to European integration would be a priority.

In an address to the nation, Turchinov said Ukraine's new leadership after the overthrow of Viktor Yanukovich was ready for dialogue with Russia to put their relations on a "new, equal and good-neighbourly footing, that recognises and takes into account Ukraine's European choice."

"Another priority," he said, "is the return to the path of European integration."

He also said the next government would have the task of stabilising the economy, which he said was at risk of default. (Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing by Matt Robinson; Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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