Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday that Moscow will recognize the results of Ukraine's early parliamentary elections, local media reported.
"Judged by everything, the elections were valid. I think we will recognize the results of these elections," the Interfax news agency quoted Lavrov as saying.
Russia hopes that Ukraine's new government will launch a broad nationwide dialogue in line with the Minsk ceasefire agreement, which was signed by Kiev and rebels last month, and "carry out a constitutional reform that has been promised a long time ago but has not yet begun," he said.
The eighth Ukrainian parliamentary elections were held Sunday under a mixed system, with 225 members of parliament elected on party lists and the remaining 225 in single-seat constituencies.
As the elections were not held in 27 constituencies, including 12 in Crimea, only 198 lawmakers will be elected in the single-seat constituencies.
Ukraine's Central Election Commission said Monday that the initial counting process for the elections at polling stations has been finished, but it did not announce any winners.
Also on Monday, the political bloc that supports Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko launched talks with the People's Front party of Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk, in a bid to form a coalition after the elections.
With 48 percent of the ballots counted, the People's Front led the race with 21.63 percent of the votes while the Poroshenko Bloc took 21.46 percent.
As many as 29 political parties and 1,401 candidates contested in the snap parliamentary polls, which experts called "the most controversial election in the history of independent Ukraine," to help their country shake off an ongoing crisis.