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Satisfaction, Skepticism, Greet Ukraine Election Result

Germany, France and Lithuania are the latest European countries to congratulate Viktor Yushchenko on his victory in the Ukrainian presidential election.

In a letter to Mr. Yushchenko Tuesday, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder expressed optimism that Ukraine will continue what he called its transition toward the rule of law and a market economy.

Lithuanian President Viktor Adamkus congratulated Mr. Yushchenko in a telephone conversation.

In Paris, the foreign ministry said France and its European Union partners are determined to support democracy and modernization in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Russia has questioned the objectivity of monitors for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. That organization characterized last month's presidential election re-run as flawed, while saying that Sunday's poll vastly improved upon the last vote.

Russia backed Mr. Yushchenko's opponent.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.