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Duma speaker: Europe getting bored with Ukraine problem

October 09, 2015, 16:44 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"Nobody wanted to return to that issue - Ukrainian crisis - except, of course, for one person, a representative of Ukraine," Sergey Naryshkin said, citing discussion at a session of the OSCE PA
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Sergey Naryshkin

Sergey Naryshkin

© Anna Isakova/Russian State Duma Press Service/TASS

MOSCOW, October 9. /TASS/. Europe is getting tired of the Ukrainian crisis problem, Russia State Duma speaker said on Friday, citing discussion at a session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly two weeks ago.

"Nobody wanted to return to that issue - Ukrainian crisis - except, of course, for one person, a representative of Ukraine," Sergey Naryshkin said. "But he failed to get himself noticed. There were many signs of strong annoyance with them - I got such a feeling," Naryshkin said.

Naryshkin forecasted "intertwinement of these tendencies" facing Russia, one of which - a tendency towards easing of tension and conflict situations in relations, which could result in the West’s reviewing sanctions.

But on the other hand, he believed pressure on Russia would persist. "Big political means are invested in this tendency. Many people placed their stakes on that in their carriers," he noted.

The present Ukrainian authorities were not interested in restoration of a dialogue between Russia and the European Union, as the Kiev regime emerged in essence because of tensions in these relations," the head of the Duma committee for international affairs, Alexei Pushkov, said on Friday.

"A gradual mending of ties between Russia and the EU would be fatal for the Kiev regime," he said, noting that President Pyotr Poroshenko was well aware of this.

"The Kiev regime is a child of tensions between the West and Russia," he said. "And of course this child will be trying to maximally spoil political atmosphere on the European continent, demanding that [anti-Russian] sanctions stay in place," the parliamentarian said.

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