Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs Leonid Slutsky:
“The year of the presidency of Vladimir Zelensky is over. Initially giving hope for political sanity, the new president of Ukraine today actually began to follow the path of his predecessor, Petro Poroshenko, although he built his campaign on criticism of his course. The reason is clear: both of them are not free people, depending on the opinion of overseas patrons and an aggressive nationalist minority.
A year ago, as soon as Zelensky stood at the helm of the Ukrainian state, some kind of relative construct was still observed. The new president refrained from abrupt and unreasonable attacks on Moscow, which Poroshenko constantly allowed himself to. It was possible to conduct several rounds of exchanges of prisoners and prisoners between Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk. Moscow and Kiev managed to agree on gas transit.
But further – more and more with a sign (-). In the Donbass they could not achieve a ceasefire, and the troops were withdrawn from the demarcation line only in three not the most dangerous sections, and even that with enormous difficulty. The decisions of the Norman Four summit in Paris last December remained on paper – Kiev did not comply and did not seem to intend to implement them, continuing the Poroshenko’s course for outright sabotage. Activists from the nationalist camp, even accused of murder, were released under the pressure of like-minded people, and the radicals who staged Odessa Khatyn still remain at large. The shocking statements of Zelensky related to the history of World War II made a very serious impression, including attempts to equalize responsibility for its unleashing between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
The lack of significant progress in resolving the crisis in the Donbass was the most obvious failure. In the five months that have passed since the Paris summit, the situation has not moved practically off the ground. As Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recalled, of the nine points approved at the talks of the leaders of the “Norman Four,” only one has been completed today, and even partially. This is an exchange of held persons, which must be implemented according to the “all for all” formula.
For residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics, the current Ukrainian government is less and less different from the past. And this is not just a broadcast of public opinion. According to Boris Gryzlov, representative of the Russian Federation in the Trilateral Contact Group for the Settlement of the Conflict in the Donbass, “Kiev actually encourages the shelling of civilian targets by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”
The new president did not turn off the “sanctions path” beaten by the West. Moreover, Zelensky’s recent steps in this direction look particularly wild, ridiculous and pointless: the head of Ukraine imposed sanctions on Russian museums, universities and research institutions, including the Hermitage, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Russian Geographical Society, Moscow State University … One cannot but agree with Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to UNESCO Alexander Kuznetsov, who called it “Russophobic and cave action, which is unacceptable in a decent society.” Simply put, Russophobia is on the verge of lack of culture.
Zelensky rolls more and more along the anti-Russian rut Poroshenko has rolled. Well, it is not surprising – Ukraine is still a territory of external governance and remains a pawn on the geopolitical chessboard. But from the realization of this, it does not become less painful to look at the ongoing destruction of the age-old ties of two fraternal peoples – Russian and Ukrainian.