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Russian parliament hopes to resume dialogue with new Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada

October 27, 2014, 14:33 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The dialogue may be held at the inter-parliamentary level, including international platforms, says State Duma's head of department for public relations and interaction with mass media Yury Shuvalov

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MOSCOW, October 27. /TASS/. Russia’s State Duma (lower house) hopes to resume an inter-parliamentary dialogue with the new Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada, head of the house’s department for public relations and interaction with mass media Yury Shuvalov said on Monday.

Commenting on the preliminary results of the October 26 parliamentary elections in Ukraine, Shuvalov said, “We hope that a new parliament will allow us to resume the dialogue. It may be held at the inter-parliamentary level, including on international platforms.”

“Russia will strive for it in every possible way,” he said, adding that Speaker Sergey Naryshkin had talked about the need to resume the dialogue.

Russian parliamentarians hope that the elections will be “a turning stage for Ukraine to overcome the severest crisis and will be able to return the political elite for being responsible for the future of the country and its citizens”, Shuvalov said.

“We also hope that the destroyed territories in south-eastern Ukraine will start to be restored. We hope that this process will be of international nature, including with the participation of experts from Russia,” he said.

Earlier, chairperson of the Duma Committee for Security and Anti-Corruption Irina Yarovaya said the new Ukrainian power had a chance to show its readiness to implement the Minsk agreements, to stop war crimes and the genocide.

“Even with all costs, realising ambiguous legitimacy, which is today forming in Ukraine, of course we hope that the key task of all bodies of the new Ukrainian power should be the termination of the war, the respect of interests of Donbass’ residents, the recognition of their right to life and contribution to the development,” she said.

Yarovaya said she did not doubt that the Ukrainian president was directly responsible for the quality of the forming parliament because he told the whole world about it. “Unfortunately, no forecasts are being confirmed for the creative development of Ukraine,” she said.

“As Russian President Vladimir Putin said right that chances for solving all problems in Ukraine remain.” “I believe that much will depend on the format of interaction between (Ukraininan president Petro) Poroshenko and the Rada and their common awareness of responsibility for the fate of the Ukrainian people,” she said.

“The main point is that the new Rada, the Ukrainian president and his foreign patrons did not use the political influence and the strength to eliminate Donbass and continue the bloodshed,” Yarovaya said.

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