Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs:
“I would be happy if after the first conversation of the presidents of Russia and Ukraine – Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky – finally, a constructive one will appear. For the time being, I personally take a position of healthy pessimism. But, of course, the situation needs to be shifted and bilateral relations resume. Russian-Ukrainian dialogue stalled on the same low level as under the regime of Petro Poroshenko. It is important to make progress.
In particular, I would expect a speedy resolution of the issue of the release of Russian citizen Kirill Vyshinsky, who was completely unreasonably detained and is being held in a Ukrainian prison. “