OREANDA-NEWS. Russia needs to return Crimea to Ukraine, stop helping Donbass and withdraw the military from Syria. Only after this a rapprochement between Russia and the West is possible, but, unfortunately, these conditions are impracticable, Aleksey Pushkov, chairman of the Russian Federation Council Commission on Information Policy, said.

Also, according to the politician, for rapprochement with the West, it is necessary to replace the country’s political leadership, “so that there are new people who they will like more than Vladimir Putin.” Pushkov emphasized that all these conditions are impracticable for Moscow, and “all signals emanating from Western countries” are negative. At the same time, the senator admitted that Russia is culturally close to European countries.