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Ukraine recovery in Russia’s national interest - Putin
Moscow is ready to support Ukraine in its overcoming of the crisis, as the recovery of the bordering country is in Russia's national interests, President Putin said.
He added, that the state is keen to have a 'reliable, predictable partner and neighbor.'
Speaking at VTB’s Russia Calling! annual investment forum on  Thursday, Putin said Russia's “closest, fraternal”   nation is now in deep political and economic crisis, but Russia  will help its neighbor to deal with it.
Putin expressed his hopes that the upcoming parliamentary  elections in Ukraine, scheduled for October 26, will help the  country resolve current problems, providing political stability.  Ukraine's unity should be top priority for the vote, Putin noted,  warning of language and ethnic discrimination.
"We hope that all people, living in any corner of Ukraine,  will have absolute rights, provided by the norms of international  law and Ukrainian laws, no one will be discriminated on language,  ethnic or religious grounds," Putin said, adding that Russia  will assist with that in every possible way.
Despite the crisis and the "tragedy," particularly in  the southeast of Ukraine, its people has always been and will  remain Russia's closest nation, the president concluded.

04.10.2014
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