Border is only thing Ukraine and Russia have in common – Zelenskiy

On May 2, Ukraine’s president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy made a comment on the would-be development of Ukrainian-Russian relations.

“I reflected on Ukraine and Russia ‘having much in common.’ Today’s reality is that after the annexation of Crimea and aggression in Donbas, there is only one thing that has left ‘in common’ – this is the state border. Some 2,295 kilometers and 400 meters [are] ‘in common’,” news agency Interfax quotes him.

According to him, Russia should return control over ‘every millimeter’ of the border from the Ukrainian side to Kyiv. In this case, the countries could continue looking for ‘the common’, the politician stressed.

Russia’s ban on exporting oil products to Ukraine, issuing Russian passports to Donbas residents, holding Ukrainians captive by no means improved the mutual relations, Zelenskiy said.

The former comedian also spoke out on the Kremlin’s decision to air the Magiya show on the state-run television station NTV, with him appearing as the host. The show was filmed in 2011.

“I want to remind you that it was participation in the TV show that made me popular in Ukraine and, eventually, helped me become the elected president of Ukraine. Broadcasting the program, which was filmed many years ago, in my opinion, is strange. I have no ambitions to make a political career in Russia,” he said.

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