Russia's Putin questions Ukraine election campaign

by Reuters
Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:01 GMT

MOSCOW, April 17 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Ukraine's presidential election campaign was being conducted in an unacceptable manner and Russia would not view its results as legitimate if the race continued in the same manner.

"The presidential race is being run in an absolutely unacceptable way...If everything continues in this way, then of course we cannot recognise as legitimate what is happening and what will happen after May 25," he said in a televised call-in with the nation, referring to the date of the vote. (Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk; Additional reporting by Polina Devitt, Andrey Kuzmin, Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)

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