Assistant to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Vladislav Surkov, almost stopped his work in the Ukrainian direction after the Zelensky’s victory in the presidential election in Ukraine, Meduza News Agency reported, citing its sources.
One of the interlocutors of the agency said that work has not been carried out since 2018, but that "after Zelensky’s victory, everything stopped."
He noted that Surkov and his team stopped working with public opinion leaders in Ukraine to formulate an agenda on the need for federalization and protection of the rights of Russian speakers.
The interlocutor also pointed out that Surkov and his team also almost did not participate in the processes of exchange of held persons.
According to the sources of the publication, Surkov "reacted negatively to Zelensky." He had the opportunity of direct contact with the President of Ukraine and businessman Ihor Kolomoisky, but Surkov neglected it.
One of the interlocutors says that Vladimir Putin is “badly treated by Kolomoisky,” while Zelensky himself has not perceived Surkov as a reliable negotiator.
Sources also said that Surkov never had a decisive vote on the issues of occupied Donbas, he "could not call the security forces and say: here the operation is canceled, but here, on the contrary, we are activating." One and interlocutors said that Surkov carried out "general coordination" and political support, but the Russian security forces did not focus on the opinion of the presidential aide.
As we reported, there are no decrees on the resignation of Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin Vladislav Surkov. The speaker of the president of Russia Dmitry Peskov said this.
He added that he did not have information on this issue.