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Russia-Ukraine relationship 'pragmatic' - Margelov

Duration: 02:41

The Russian Federation Council's Mikhail Margelov has told BBC HARDtalk Russia's economic relationship with Ukraine is "pragmatic."

Asked about reports of Russian officials placing heavy pressure on Ukraine not to sign a trade deal with the European Union, Senator Margelov said they were only trying to point out how "interdependent" Ukraine's economy is with those of other former Soviet countries - and that they could help Ukraine overcome its economic problems.

Since late November, thousands of pro-EU Ukrainians have been protesting in Kiev over the government's decision not to sign the partnership deal with the EU and calling for the president and government to resign.

Available since: Wed 11 Dec 2013

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HARDtalk Mikhail Margelov

Stephen Sackur speaks to Mikhail Margelov - Senator, Russian Federation Council.

First broadcast: 11 Dec 2013

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