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The Chairman of the political Council of the Ukrainian party “the Opposition platform for life” Viktor Medvedchuk told how the Russian leader Vladimir Putin about the prospects of working with each of candidates in presidents of Ukraine. About this politician said in an interview with the Financial Times, quoted by the TV channel “112 Ukraine”.
Elections of the President of Ukraine Medvedchuk and Putin discussed during his last visit to Moscow. According to the politician, the Russian leader has not expressed clear support to either candidate. “He (Putin — approx. “Of the tape.ru”) said: we will work with those who will be elected. But it depends on who will be elected and what their attitudes,” said Medvedchuk.
According to him, the party of “Opposition platform for life” is ready to support the leader of the presidential race Vladimir Zelensky, but only if it actually will restore peace and economic stability in Ukraine. “[The acting President of Ukraine and candidate for presidency Petro] Poroshenko doesn’t want peace,” — said the politician.
Financial Times, citing an unnamed high-ranking official in the Kremlin adds that in Moscow, Poroshenko believes the President know and with whom you cannot work. While Russia is not building clear plans for the future with Zelensky, adds the source.
Medvedchuk met with Putin on April 10. As the official Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, they discussed the release of Ukrainian sailors arrested in November after an incident in the Kerch Strait.
Ukrainian politician also visited Moscow at the height of the presidential race on March 22. He, along with the candidate from “Opposition platform for life,” Yuriy Boyko held a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Gazprom head Alexei Miller, to discuss the restoration of trade relations between the two countries, the preservation of gas transit through the territory of Ukraine and the possibility to conclude a contract for direct supplies to Kiev. Visit Medvedchuk and smartly caused a scandal in Ukraine: in respect of employees of the state border service and the Ministry of transport has begun an investigation, and the country has stopped any flights from the UK.
In Ukraine, Medvedchuk called a Pro-Russian politician. In 2012-2013, his public movement “the Ukrainian choice” lobbied for the integration and development of economic relations of Ukraine with Russia. In 2014, the level of influence the journalists described as an “informal Ambassador of Russia in Ukraine”. He is busy in peace talks on the Donbas in Minsk and the work of the Trilateral contact group, engaged in release of prisoners. In addition, Medvedchuk is known for friendly relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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