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Published: Monday May 26, 2014 MYT 6:20:10 PM
Updated: Monday May 26, 2014 MYT 6:21:43 PM

Berlin urges "constructive" relationship between Moscow and Kiev

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a ceremony to mark African Day in Moscow May 22, 2014.  REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a ceremony to mark African Day in Moscow May 22, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

BERLIN (Reuters) - Russia can help stabilise Ukraine by building a constructive relationship with its newly elected leader, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said on Monday after Petro Poroshenko won Sunday's Ukrainian presidential election.

Ukrainian voters had sent a "clear message" that they wanted to overcome their troubles in unity and respect for the rule of law and democracy, said Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert, adding that this could help stabilise the situation there.

"It is also important for Russia to have a constructive relationship with the new leadership that emerges from this election," Seibert told a news conference.

(Reporting by Stephen Brown; editing by Erik Kirschbaum)

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