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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks to supporters after the July 21, 2019 parliamentary elections

An opportunity to solve the Russia-West and Ukraine conundrum

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s party took the largest share of votes in the country’s parliamentary elections, paving the way for him to initiate a new dialogue with Russia. For the West, it presents an opportunity to ratchet down tensions with Moscow and even normalize relations. The alternative – battered economies, continued sanctions and driving Russia into the arms of China – is in none of the parties’ interests.

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