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Kremlin says no constructive opposition in Russia

April 22, 2013, 21:46 UTC+3

Peskov believes that a constructive opposition will appear in Russia sooner or later

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MOSCOW, April 22 (Itar-Tass) - Presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said the importance of opposition sentiment in the country is exaggerated because the Moscow agenda does not always reflect the situation in the rest of the country.

“If we take Kaliningrad or Vladivostok, each region has its own agenda and the agenda for Kaliningrad differs from that of Vladivostok, and the Moscow agenda cannot reflect the nationwide opinion. So, one should not overestimate this,” Peskov told Russia 24 television on Monday, April 22.

“It would be absolutely wrong to say that there is national discontent,” he added. “There are always discontented people and they should express their discontent if their discontent is constructive, or better still if it contains constructive proposals on how to deal with existing difficulties,” Peskov said.

“Russia is too diverse a country, a profoundly substantive country to be possessed by any one point of view,” he noted.

Peskov believes that a constructive opposition will appear in Russia sooner or later. “There must be an opposition and it should generate a constructive opposition agenda. I do hope that sooner or later such opposition will come into existence in Russia,” he said.

The spokesperson expressed regret that no such opposition forces have appeared in Russia thus far. “There are no people who would be prepared to assume responsibility. There is no opposition with which to conduct a constructive dialogue because one cannot conduct a constructive dialogue with emptiness,” Peskov said.

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