THE EARLY presidential election in Ukraine is democratic and its outcomes are legitimate, despite efforts by pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country to block the voting, Slovakia’s Foreign Ministry wrote in an official statement from May 26, as reported by the TASR newswire.

"Taking into account the tense security situation in some areas in the east of Ukraine, including the intimidation of voters by armed separatists, we appreciate the high overall voter turnout, which is a clear signal that the people of Ukraine have a real interest in the future development of their country, and which also gives the vote legitimacy," stated the ministry, as quoted by TASR.

The ministry went on to express its hope that the election of the new Ukrainian president will contribute towards resolving the political crisis in the country.

"It will help to set off reform processes in the political, economic and social spheres, as well as the restoration of the normal running of the state," wrote the ministry.

Slovakia at the same time stated that it supports Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within internationally acknowledged borders.

Meanwhile, President Ivan Gašparovič considers the election of a new head of state in Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to be the first reform measure in the country.

Ukraine needs to resolve some major problems, and it must do everything it can in favour of its internal stability, he noted.

"To achieve this, it can’t count on the assistance of the European Union, the USA, Russia or Slovakia, because every side would enforce its own vision of Ukraine," said Gasparovič, as quoted by TASR.

Source: TASR

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