Russia: ‘I see reason neither for optimism nor for pessimism’ – Lavrov on Ukrainian election results
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the Ukrainian election results and Mueller Report in an interview with Russian newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets in Moscow on Tuesday.
“To be honest, I see reason neither for optimism nor for pessimism,” he said, adding that a preliminary report from OSCE observers was full of “gross violations: corruption, bribery, pressure on voters and much more.”
Lavrov questioned the neutrality of the OSCE, saying that these violations were presented in a “neutral manner,” but all these facts would be presented with “emotions” if they were relating to Russia.
After more than 70 percent of the votes being counted, comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy and incumbent Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko look set to face in the runoff vote on April 21.
Talking about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government during the 2016 US presidential elections, Lavrov said that Russia offered America to pass on suspicions through the Nuclear Risk Reduction Center.
“They refused. We have repeatedly re-offered. Correspondence on the subject of cyber threats, hacking and other things was from September 2016 to January 2017, that is, throughout the remaining period of the Barack Obama Administration,” he said.
He also said that Russia “warned them that we will speak about the very fact of their refusal to publish this correspondence.”