Head of the Center for Political Conjuncture Alexei Chesnakov has said Russian President Vladimir Putin's aide Vladislav Surkov left the civil service over the change of course "in the Ukrainian direction."

Surkov has promised to inform the reason for such a decision in a month, as well as further plans, the expert wrote on Telegram on January 25, 2020.

Surkov served as Russian president's aide from September 20, 2013 to today, as well as from March 26, 2004 to May 7, 2008.