EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - EU foreign relations chief Catherine Ashton has congratulated Ukraine on holding free and fair elections, in remarks that will make it harder for the losing side to contest the result.
"The generally calm atmosphere in which the elections were conducted, the open campaign in the media and the fact that the electorate were provided with a genuine choice represent important achievements in Ukraine's democratic development," Ms Ashton said on Monday (8 February).
Her statement came at a sensitive time, as Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who lost Sunday's poll by a narrow margin of around 3 percent, pondered her next move.
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