“On the whole, there is a positive approach and there is an expectation of restrained optimism, but unfortunately, no one has a clear vision on what will happen in Kyiv,” Peskov said.
We note that Putin did not congratulate Zelensky on his victory in the second round of the election. As Peskov explained then, "the Kremlin will congratulate President Zelensky on his first successes in resolving the conflict in south-eastern Ukraine, as well as on his first successes in normalizing Russian-Ukrainian relations."
Earlier, the Russian president said he did not refuse from contacting Zelensky.
“I think it (the new leadership of the Ukrainian state, - ed.) can act energetically and towards the restoration of the relationships between Ukraine and Russia, towards the solution of the problems inside of the country,” Putin said.
He expressed hope that the new authority in Ukraine “will not hide behind” anti-Russian ideas trying to avoid inner problems of the country, in particular, those in the economy and social sphere.
Putin is sure that the restoration of Russian-Ukrainian relationships is unavoidable.