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Moscow Expects New Ukrainian Gov't To Build Closer Relations

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Russian government hopes that Ukrainian cabinet reshuffle will not aggravate the situation with Eastern Ukrainian region, Russia’s envoy to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe said Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Moscow hopes that the change in the new Ukrainian government will not lead to a worsening of the situation in the country’s eastern regions, Russia’s envoy to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe said Friday.

“We hope that the current ‘boiling’ in the corridors of power in Ukraine will not lead to attempts to use the situation in Donbas for a political fight and won’t provoke further aggravation,” Alexander Lukashevich said.

Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Groysman attends a parliament session in Kiev, Ukraine, March 15, 2016 - Sputnik International
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“It’s quite the opposite, we hope that the new Ukrainian government will finally actually take on the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements, refrain from dragging the [reconciliation] negotiations on and provoking tension,” Lukashevich added.

Ukraine is currently going through turbulent political times. The crisis escalated in February, after the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, a faction aligned with the president, said that the cabinet's work in 2015 was unsatisfactory. Shortly following, the Ukrainian parliament failed to pass a resolution of no-confidence to force the government of Yatsenyuk to resign. After that, various factions left the ruling parliamentary coalition.

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