Czech president warns against Tymoshenko

On a visit to Moldova, Czech President Miloš Zeman indirectly warned against former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko´s victory in Sunday´s presidential polls in Ukraine. Zeman said he would not like to interfere in Ukraine´s internal affairs or express his personal assessment of individual presidential candidates, but noted that "a little angel with fair plaits need not necessarily be an angel." The Czech president said he hoped to see the new Ukrainian head of state affect a reconciliation with the pro-Russian separatists, by which he would avoid the risk of both a civil war and an invasion from outside. Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti also expressed the hope that the crisis in Ukraine would be resolved peacefully.