putin wants to oust NATO and EU from Eastern Europe – Poroshenko

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putin cannot be trusted because he does not keep his word, and European countries should always remember that. putin will not negotiate with anyone, he will only try to expand his influence in any way he can, pushing NATO and the European Union out of Eastern Europe and destroying Western values, the fifth President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said in an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Poroshenko recalled talks with the kremlin leader on the release of hostages. In a conversation with putin, he discussed the release of Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov, who was captured by the russians. “During a phone call at the time, we talked about the case of russian journalist Afanasyev. He was found by our troops in eastern Ukraine with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher. We have video evidence of this. Then putin asked me to free the journalist. I said, ok, but you captured the Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov from Crimea. So give me back Sentsov, and I will give you these so-called journalists. Then putin asked me to take the first step. I did, and he broke his word – Sentsov was imprisoned for years in russia. This was the first lesson I learned then, and I want to pass it on to your readers: please don’t believe putin, “he said.

Talking about the increase in the number of russian troops on the border with Ukraine, Poroshenko said that putin’s goal is to destabilize Ukraine from within and attack it from the outside, weakening us to such an extent that we can be conquered. “His long-term goal is to destroy Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in order to be able to realize its crazy idea of ​​the Soviet Union 2.0. I refer only to his famous essay, in which he wrote six months ago that Ukraine and russia are “one people” and therefore Ukraine has no right to exist,” Poroshenko said.

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