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Ukrainians Protest Critical Letter From Medvedev To Yushchenko


Ukrainian People's Party activists protest at the Russian Embassy in Kyiv.

Ukrainian People's Party activists protest at the Russian Embassy in Kyiv.

KYIV -- Dozens of activists from the Ukrainian People's Party have held a demonstration in front of the Russian Embassy in Kyiv, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

They activists were protesting Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's letter on August 11 to Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko criticizing Kyiv's foreign policy towards Russia, which he called Yushchenko's "anti-Russian course."

Protesters from the nationalist party demanded that Medvedev withdraw his statement and apologize to Ukraine. They also warned that similar protests would be held in front of Russian consulates in other Ukrainian cities if their demands are ignored.

Medvedev also announced in his letter that he is postponing sending a new Russian ambassador to Kyiv until there is a positive change initiated by Ukraine to improve relations.
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