The election of Vladimir Zelensky as Ukrainian president showed the international community that Ukrainians want peace, not war, Russian Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Alexander Lukashevich said on Thursday.
"On May 20 Vladimir Zelensky was inaugurated as Ukraine's president. His election clearly demonstrated the attitude of the majority of Ukrainians toward the failed policies of outgoing president Pyotr Poroshenko, whose policies were based on frantic Russophobia, support for radical nationalism and suppression of dissent. The international community now sees that people in Ukraine want peace, not war," Lukashevich said.
He noted that Zelensky assumed responsibility for governing a country with a lot of problems accumulated by his predecessors, in particular the ongoing military operation in Donbass and incomplete settlement of the intra-Ukrainian crisis, TASS reports.
"Despite the fact that Vladimir Zelensky did not mention in his inauguration speech the Minsk Agreements and their implementation, we proceed from the assumption that the newly-elected Ukrainian president and his team understand the importance of the Minsk Package of Measures from 12 February 2015, which was supported by UN Security Council Resolution 2202 from 17 February 2015 and endorsed in the statement by UN SC chairperson from 6 June 2018," Lukashevich added.