Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (L) and billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov (R) take part in a meeting of former presidential candidates outside Moscow, on March 5, 2012, the next day after the vote.
"Russia needs allies in Europe. Ukraine is 'our people'. If you (Ukraine) get in Europe before us (Russia) we will be happy, and if we get their first we will give a hand," says Prokhorov.
He is the seventh richest man from Russia and the 57th richest man in the world according to the 2012 Forbes listing with a fortune estimated at US$13.2 billion.