In an interview to Financial Times, President Petro Poroshenko answered the question about possible scenarios of Putin’s behavior after the presidential elections in Russia that will take place on March 18.
“We are not the aggressors here. It is Putin who has his troops on our land. And we need nothing more, just please, would you be so kind as to take your troops away? We don’t need anything else,” the President said.
The Head of State emphasized that despite Russian propaganda, sanctions against Russia were working.
“It is impossible to be the president of a country in a state of war and not to be an optimist. I was an optimist in the much more difficult conditions of 2014. For more than three and half years, we’ve had sanctions against Russia that are an extremely effective mechanism to motivate Putin to sit at the table for negotiation. And the sanctions are working, despite the Russian propaganda that says Russia is happy now. This is not true,” Petro Poroshenko stressed.