Relations with France may change in 2017 not for Ukraine’s benefit
Those winning in presidential and parliamentary elections support lifting of sanctions against Russia and restore relations
The next year can be very difficult for bilateral relations between Ukraine and France in the context of the forthcoming presidential and parliamentary elections. Ambassador of Ukraine to France Oleh Shamshur expressed such an opinion in an interview with Yevropeyska pravda.
Opinion polls show that incumbent President Francois Hollande, who is the participant of the Normandy format created in 2014, will not be re-elected for a second term, and most likely his successors do not share the position of Hollande on Ukraine.
"2017 will be very difficult for the bilateral relations. Barring something radical, it is very likely that France will have a new president. And if it happens a new president will be 100% representative of the conservative right-wing camp. Unfortunately, they have a rather unfavorable position on Ukraine. They are very sensitive to Russian interests, and want to return to usual relations with Russia", Shamshur says.
At the same time the victory of the right wing is most likely not only in the presidential, but also on parliamentary elections, which creates even more unfavorable conditions for Ukraine.
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