Chairman of the Political Council of Opposition Platform-For Life party, MP Viktor Medvedchuk turned to Russian Premier Mikhail Mishustin, asking him to lift part of Russian sanctions against Ukrainian enterprises.
"I believe the time will come and we walk the path to canceling these sanctions, these unreasoned, I would say just foolish sanctions, which actually put to death Ukraine's economy. Because Ukraine suffered from these sanctions, taking into account that export potential that was aimed at sales in Russia. So this is why I came to you with this request - I understand it's complicated - so that we could talk and consider what still happens in the future. Maybe we should get prepared for that future?" Medvedchuk said.
Mishustin responded it was not Russia who started imposing sanctions.
"In fact, these sanctions were unilaterally imposed by the Ukrainian side - unfortunately, not only against respective companies and individuals but also against entire sectors of the economy. What did it entail? The bilateral turnover volume dropped. Actually, Ukraine cut the sales in Russia fourfold, even more; that included products of heavy machine engineering and hi-tech products. That's very sad. (...) It's regrettable that these things happen, but, as I said, we didn't start these procedures. However, considering the need to move on, I promise we will carefully look into all your offers and try finding a respective solution, as long as it's possible", the Russian politician said.