16 Dec 2019 16:02

Kremlin sees obvious difference between Poroshenko's, Zelensky's approaches toward Donbas conflict - Peskov

MOSCOW. Dec 16 (Interfax) - The Kremlin sees a clear difference between the approaches toward settling the conflict in Donbas of former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and incumbent President Volodymyr Zelensky and expects the latter to deliver on the promises he made during the election campaign, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

"It's not for Moscow to somehow acknowledge a difference, although, definitely, there is such a difference in approaches. One of the presidents started the war, and the cornerstone of the new president's election promises was the ending of the war. And we hope that this will be fulfilled and that Kyiv will cover its major part of the way toward the implementation of the Minsk Agreements," Peskov told journalists on Monday.

"What counts most is that the state of Ukraine must implement its obligations on the Minsk Agreements, on the entire Package of Measures," Peskov said, commenting on online reports about presidential aide Vladislav Surkov's participation in a congress of the Russian organization called Union of Donbas Volunteers.

Some congress participants cited Surkov as saying that he saw no significant difference between Poroshenko's and Zelensky's teams.