Putin: Russia will respect Ukraine vote

May 23, 2014

St. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says that Russia will recognize the outcome of Ukraine's presidential vote.

Putin said Friday at an investment forum that Russia will "respect the choice of the Ukrainian people." He said that Russia wants peace and order to be restored in Ukraine.

He added that Russia will be ready to work with the new leadership. At the same time, he voiced hope that Ukraine's new leader will end military actions in eastern Ukraine.