JRL NEWSWATCH: “Frolov: Zelenskiy’s presidency won’t be a picnic for Moscow” – Meduza

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“… columnist and former diplomat Vladimir Frolov argues [in a separate op-ed] that … Zelenskiy’s likely presidency in Ukraine is a mixed bag for Moscow. … [that] the Kremlin initially hoped only that … Poroshenko’s re-election would leave him battered and pave the way to future success for a Russia-friendly parliamentary opposition …. [republic.ru/posts/93574] Zelenskiy comes without Poroshenko’s toxicity in Russia, Frolov says … a “window of opportunity,’ but it’s … unclear how Zelenskiy will interpret his mandate. Frolov says Ukrainian voters want him to ‘demolish’ the country’s corrupt state, not unlike revolutionaries during the Maidan uprising. Moscow can release some of its Ukrainian political prisoners, and Kyiv can lift some restrictions on Russian language and cultural imports, but real progress in bilateral relations will depend on peace in the Donbas. …”

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