The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Volodymyr Lytvyn believes that the first official visit of the Speaker of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Sergey Naryshkin to Ukraine is "as an invitation to a dialogue with new content, and start of new period in Ukrainian-Russian diplomatic relations."

He also believes that next two decades of Ukrainian-Russian relations should be based on principles of equal partnership and equal benefits in the interests of both nations.

"Ukrainian and Russian diplomacies are rooted in Soviet past. It is one school and similar paradigms, but the aims of our diplomatic strategies appeared to be different, and even opposite," Lytvyn said during his meeting with teachers and students of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on Monday, ForUm learned from the press office of the parliament.

According to the speaker, the relations look very much like a "divorce of a couple", which "tries but fails to divide property."

"Bilateral relations of the last two decades were established under great pressure of "Soviet" consciousness, when national factor was minimized, despite the fact that nowadays it is as obvious in Russia, as it is in Ukraine," said Lytvyn. He warned that Ukraine and Russia should not confine themselves to narrow scope of bilateral relations, as this "prevents us from seeing the wide picture of global world and global challenges and risks, and potential place of our states in the system of global policy, economy and security in the coming decades."

Lytvyn stressed that both Ukraine and Russia "should be determined to lead the diplomacy and diplomatic relations out of the boundaries of domestic policy, as the majority of complications in Ukrainian-Russian relations are the problems of politicians and their attempts to win the votes of electorate.

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