Saakashvili -- speaking in English -- called Yushchenko a positive force for Ukraine and for the region. Yushchenko is being inaugurated as Ukraine's new president tomorrow.
Saakashvili said Georgia had "set standards" and that Ukraine can be a real engine behind "spreading those standards everywhere else and bringing prosperity to the whole region."
Saakashvili said the "empire is gone," an apparent reference to Russia, which had backed Yushchenko's rival in the presidential race, Viktor Yanukovych.
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