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Ukrainian Minister Pledges Democratic Solution --> Yatsenyuk (left) with Rice in Washington on May 1 (AFP) May 2, 2007 -- Ukrainian Foreign Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has told U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that his country would solve its current political crisis in a democratic way.

He assured U.S. officials that President Viktor Yushchenko's decision to dissolve parliament and call early elections is legal.

Yatsenyuk met with Rice on May 1 for talks focusing on energy security, ways to resolve so-called frozen conflicts, and Ukraine's bids to join NATO and the World Trade Organization.

(AP, Interfax)