Ukraine has been, and perhaps still is, on the brink of civil war. (…)
Our position is to call for a de-escalation. In order to achieve this, there must obviously be the prospect of the presidential election. When there’s a crisis of this nature and we want a democratic outcome, you have to call for a vote. And the external pressure being exerted also has to be reduced. Although I’m very cautious, President Putin has asked his chief of staff to withdraw the troops that were close to the Ukrainian border, and one sees in the statements a development that could be positive./.