Ukraine's acting president vows to chart new course toward European integrationUpdated: 2014-02-24 14:55:26 (KST)
Ukraine's new interim president Oleksandr Turchynov has vowed to chart a course toward European integration,
now that Russia-backed president Viktor Yanukovich has been ousted.
Turchynov also said, however, that Ukraine is willing to build relations with Russia in a "new and fair partnership of good neighborly relations."
Meanwhile, parliament has decided to bump up the presidential election by almost a year to the end of May.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich fled Kiev Saturday and Turchynov was elevated to the presidency in a parliamentary vote.
Turchynov is a longtime ally of both the main opposition leader and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who was freed from jail Saturday.
Her release was one of the conditions of the EU-Ukriane trade pact that Yanukovich walked away from last year in favor of closer ties to Russia.
His action sparked the protests that have had the country up in arms, with more than a hundred anti-government protesters having died in the past two weeks.
The U.S. has said it is not in the interests of Ukraine, Russia, Europe or the U.S. to see the country split.
National Security Advisor Susan Rice warned Russia against sending troops to Ukraine, saying it would be a "grave mistake/"
Shin Se-min, Arirang News.
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