28 Aug 2018 20:16

Slutsky on 'unpleasant surprises' for Russia at UN GA: Anti-Russian politics will no longer help Kyiv

MOSCOW. Aug 28 (Interfax) - The promises of the Ukrainian permanent representative to the United Nations to prepare an unpleasant surprise for Russia at the next session of the General Assembly will not help the incumbent authorities retain its positions in the upcoming presidential election, State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Leonid Slutsky said.

"The Ukrainian permanent representative to the UN has promised unpleasant surprises for the Russian delegation at the General Assembly. Considering how the current regime treats its own citizens, unpleasant surprises are definitely in Kyiv's style. But, unfortunately, they've only harmed themselves so far," Slutsky told journalists on Tuesday.

"A presidential election is coming up, and the incumbent head of state's rating is unacceptably low," he said. "And going all in on their anti-Russian card is unlikely to help the incumbent Kyiv authorities," he said.

Ukrainian Permanent Representative to the UN Volodymyr Yelchenko said earlier that President Petro Poroshenko would speak at the UN General Assembly on September 26.

Yelchenko announced initiatives that, as he put it, will not make the Russian delegation to the UN happy. "They [the Russian delegation] are facing several very unpleasant surprises - this has to do with Crimea, with Donbas, and also with the militarization of Crimea. When you [Russia] hear this, you are going to be unpleasantly surprised," he said.