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    The change of the head of the Ukrainian government is unlikely to entail major changes to the political course of the country, speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament Valentina Matvienko said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, the parliament accepted Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s resignation and appointed Parliament speaker Groysman to the position. The parliament also relieved from office all ministers of the Yatsenyuk government with 281 votes of lawmakers.

    “These authorities, in my opinion, have long lost the trust of the population, and such shifts are unlikely to change the [political] course [of Ukraine],” Matvienko said, commenting on Yatsenyuk’s resignation and Groysman’s appointment.

    The Russian lawmaker added that the policies of Ukraine may become less “aggressive and Russophobic.” However, according to Matvienko,“it is too early to draw conclusions.”

    “If we talk about serious changes, new elections are needed to determine the attitude of the population to the current government.”

    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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