Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs:
“I doubt that the introduction of new sanctions of Ukraine will seriously damage the Russian economy. The outgoing composition of the Ukrainian government makes it worse only for its own country. Kiev again hewn itself, in fact.
More recently, data on losses from a decline in trade with Russia were made public. According to them, Ukraine for all this time has lost 13 (!) Times more. They hoped that an increase in trade with Europe would compensate for the damage caused by the breakdown of cooperation ties with Russia, but this, of course, did not and could not happen.
All Russian sanctions against Ukraine were provoked by the anti-Russian policy of the current authorities in Kiev. But paradoxically, Moscow remains one of its main trading partners.
Therefore, the restoration of full-fledged economic relations with Russia, above all, is in the interests of Ukraine and its people. This would be beneficial in terms of filling the country’s budget, opening new jobs, and increasing salaries and pensions. Hopefully, the newly elected President Vladimir Zelensky realizes and understands this. “