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The current President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in 2014 expected to “convert” the refusal of Ukrainian sovereignty over the Crimea on Ukraine’s accession to the European Union and NATO. This former Georgian President and ex-Governor of Odessa region Mikhail Saakashvili said in an interview with journalist Dmitry Gordon, a fragment of conversation published on the YouTube channel “visiting Gordon”.
“That’s when these things happened (obviously, this refers to the events of late February — early March 2014 — approx. “Of the tape.ru”), I had a conversation with Peter Poroshenko. And he said to me: “you Know, Mike, you almost got used to the idea that South Ossetia and Abkhazia never will return to Georgia — similarly, we have to get used to the idea that Crimea is Ukraine will not be, but we will change the membership in the European Union and NATO”,” — said Saakashvili.
“I told him — Peter, Peter, I when Peter was called, he was still not required to on “You” called, he was not yet President (the inauguration Poroshenko took place on 7 June, the election of the new President of Ukraine held on may 25 — approx. “Of the tape.ru”), — first of all, who told you that I was getting used to the fact that our territories (Abkhazia and South Ossetia — approx. “Of the tape.ru”) will not be part of Georgia? They will be very soon. We without them, Georgia itself is not present, we will fight for it until the last,” he thought about his response, the ex-President.
Saakashvili also asked Poroshenko why he thinks Ukraine will be in EU and NATO if Kiev won’t do anything with the “spin” of the Crimea. “Moreover, it will cause you not to accept it,” he said.
“And thirdly, who told you that Crimea all stops that it will not spread to the Donbass? Then he said, no, no, in the Donbass is a completely different situation, where we have very strong positions,” — said the former Georgian President. In addition, in a conversation about the situation in Crimea, Poroshenko expressed confidence that it will “act” the Crimean Tatars, said Saakashvili.
“I say — what are the Tatars? Or will it be an act of the Ukrainian state, or you have Crimea will be taken,” continued Saakashvili.
Then, reminded Saakashvili, Poroshenko went to the Crimea, but it was “late enough”. “This is not good the trip was. But you have to give him credit — he’s not afraid to go. But the original position he had these — what’s the difference, Crimea is still gone. And what’s more — most of the Ukrainian elite, I’ve heard it many times that still will leave Crimea, Crimea would still not be our”, — he added.
Crimea became part of Russia after the March 2014 referendum in which the majority of voters the people of the region supported this decision. Kiev continues to consider the Peninsula as its territory, which Russia temporarily occupied.
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