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Lavrov says early to draw conclusions about Zelensky’s policy if he wins election

Russia’s top diplomat has called to wait until the runoff’s results were announced, when the winner will have to "do a real job rather than carry out propaganda election campaigns"

VLADIVOSTOK, April 21. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov believes it is early to draw conclusions about Vladimir Zelensky’s policy in case he is elected Ukrainian president, he said in an interview with a program ‘Glavnoye with Olga Belova’ on Zvezda TV channel on Sunday.

"We see election programs of Pyotr Poroshenko and Vladimir Zelensky, we see their approach at the runoff," Lavrov said. "There is such an impression that the priority for them is not to attract voters by some constructive program, but to win. Everything is focused on this."

"I would prefer not to make any far reaching final conclusions on the future policy of Vladimir Zelensky if he is elected president, and all observers say about this like about an established fact," the minister said. "I would not read carefully those declarations from his headquarters now."

Russia’s top diplomat has called to wait until the runoff’s results were announced, when the winner will have to "do a real job rather than carry out propaganda election campaigns." "Then we will understand how this person who assumes the presidential office, will treat millions of his fellow citizens, who speak Russian, love the Russian language and culture, and want to live based on their values, the values of winners in the Great Patriotic War, rather than the values of glorifying [Roman] Shukhevich, [Stepan] Bandera and [Symon] Petliura," he stressed.