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Russian lawmaker: West is growing disappointed with Ukraine

May 22, 2015, 21:32 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to the lawmaker, Kiev’s recent steps "linked with the glorification of Nazism" had met negative reaction with the West
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MOSCOW, May 22. /TASS/. The West is growing disappointed with Ukraine and that was the reason why Kiev has failed to achieve progress on a path of European integration at the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, a Russian lawmaker and political analyst, Vyacheslav Nikonov, said on Friday.

"The West is very seriously disappointed about what has been going on in Ukraine in recent months. They are beginning to understand the tragedy taking place in south-eastern Ukraine, they are beginning to understand that Kiev is an aggressor party," Nikonov, who is chairman of the education committee of the Russian State Duma lower parliament house and chairman of the board of the National Committee for BRICS Studies, told the 7th academic forum of the BRICS.

He said Kiev’s recent steps "linked with the glorification of Nazism" had met negative reaction with the West. "Europe does not understand such things," he said, adding that the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada’s (parliament) decision to deny human rights guarantees in the zone of the force operation in Donbass "runs counter to European traditions and norms."

"What was said to Ukraine at the Eastern Partnership summit was absolutely predictable: no movement towards Europe has been actually done," NIkonov said. "No one wants a flow of impoverished Ukrainian population in European countries. The European political class is becoming tired of what is going on in Ukraine and no one will support Kiev if it tries to take any steps in violation of the Minsk agreements, the more so, any aggressive steps."

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