Matvienko said Russia’s lack of anti-Ukrainian sentiment

Valentina Matvienko

The Russians can see the difference between the Ukrainian people and the current Kiev leadership. This opinion in an interview with radio Sputnik was expressed by the Chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko, reports “Parlamentskaya Gazeta” on Tuesday, April 18.

“In Russia there is no anti-Ukrainian sentiments. We criticize the Ukrainian government, saying it honestly, openly. Because the government and the people are two different substances”, — said Matvienko.

The Senator stressed that the power elite, such as the one that now is in the Ukraine, “in shame, sooner or later, but the people remain”. In addition, she expressed hope that the “dark times” in relations between the two countries, which will unite much sooner or later will be held. “There will come a time when we will again be friends and visit each other”, — concluded the MP.

June 2, “Levada-center” published the results of a sociological survey, according to which the main enemies of Russia, according to residents of the country are the USA, Ukraine and Turkey. So, the negative attitude towards Washington said 72 percent of respondents. While Kiev is considered hostile to 48 percent (against 37 percent a year earlier), and Ankara — 29 percent.