the Russian Senator Alexey Pushkov commented on the introduction of Ukraine sanctions against Russian institutions of science and culture. In his opinion, such actions of President Vladimir Zelensky trying to “impress” nationalists in the country.

These sanctions do not harm Russia and are of no benefit to Ukraine. The purpose of this step is primarily a demonstration of the intention of Kiev to continue moving on the chosen path of anti-Russian, said Pushkov in an interview with “Parlamentskaya Gazeta”, calling on Moscow not to build illusions about the possibility of normalization of relations with Ukraine.

Choosing a course of action, Zelensky betray those promises that went to the polls, said Pushkov. He was chosen as someone who can normalize relations with Russia – so we can live if not as friends then at least as neighbors, not enemies. “I have a feeling that the President of Ukraine there are some political line”, – said Russian Senator.

Pushkov added that the anti-Russian policy Zelensky continues the path of his predecessor Petro Poroshenko, differing from it only more moderate steps. And the new sanctions the continuation of the line Poroshenko on the cultural isolation of Ukraine from Russia.

Previously, the sanctions commented in the state Duma. According to the head of the international Affairs Committee Leonid Slutsky, the decision is “Russophobia on the brink of barbarism”. And the head of the Duma Committee for education and science Vyacheslav Nikonov recalled that in Kiev first “renounced the great Victory, and now of the great Culture.” The MP wryly noted that the Ukrainian leadership “it is time to start to burn at the stake books, then the similarity with the Nazi regime will be complete.”

we will Remind, the Ukrainian authorities have imposed sanctions against several Russian museums and universities, including the Hermitage and the Moscow state University named after M. V. Lomonosov. The corresponding decree was signed by Vladimir Zelensky. The document limits the maximum cooperation in education and culture between the two countries.