Members of the State Duma commented on the presidential elections in Ukraine

According to the head of the United Russia faction Sergei Neverov, it is important for Vladimir Zelensky to resume dialogue on the Donbas within the framework of the Minsk process. Leonid Slutskiy, in his turn, urged to be careful in assessing the new President of Ukraine
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Commenting on the preliminary results of the presidential elections in Ukraine, which showed the victory of Vladimir Zelensky, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma, head of the United Russia faction Sergei Neverov Neverov Sergey Ivanovich Neverov
Sergey Ivanovich
noted that “the results of the elections are a Ukrainian citizens’ assessment of what Petr Poroshenko had done in five years”. In his opinion, Vladimir Zelensky ‘must initiate an anti-corruption investigation in order to return to Ukrainians what the henchmen of [Petr] Poroshenko and he himself appropriated during this time.’

“If he really seeks the well-being of Ukraine, he will initiate interaction with Russia and constructive dialogue with Vladimir Putin,” the parliamentarian stressed.

Sergei Neverov also believes that the new President of Ukraine should support the resumption of a dialogue within the framework of the Minsk process on the status of the Luhansk People's Republic and the Donetsk People's Republic.

Leonid Slutskiy Slutsky Leonid Eduardovich Slutsky
Leonid Eduardovich
, Chairman of the Committee on International Affairs, urged to be careful in assessing the future steps of Vladimir Zelensky meanwhile. 

“Let’s not rush to conclusions. It is necessary to wait for his first steps in order to understand whether he will really be the “servant of the people” of Ukraine or will continue to pursue a policy in the interests of the “Washington Regional Committee”, Leonid Slutskiy said.

In his turn, the head of the LDPR faction, Vladimir Zhirinovskii Zhirinovsky Vladimir Volfovich Zhirinovsky
Vladimir Volfovich
, said that there would be no improvement in relations between the two countries under the new President: “Everything will only get worse, we will have bad relations for another 20–30 years. Ukraine was completely reformatted a long time ago.”