The world was once again on the brink of war because of the conflict between those who play by the rules, and those who believe that rules do not exist”. This was stated by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at the meeting of the world humanitarian summit in Istanbul, transfers “112 Ukraine”.
“The dream of a harmonious world is estranged today. Not because we have not realized that dream, but because I was dreaming of it all. We are again on the brink of war, and it’s not just a war between the West and the rest. It is a war between those who want harmony, and those who seek to dominate. It is a conflict between those who play by the rules, and those who believe that rules do not exist”, — said Poroshenko.
Following this, he mentioned Russia, noting that it is a nuclear power, “which sees a threat to democracy and freedom in the poison.” “It is not in different interpretations and for different purposes. Let’s be honest, we have a recipe for this problem. The cynicism and illusions spread”, — said the Ukrainian President.
At a security conference in Munich in February after the speech, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who noted the deterioration of relations between Russia and the West to cold war level, Poroshenko said that the aim of Moscow is to establish “an alternative Europe”. “Sorry, I don’t really want to comment on the speech by Prime Minister Medvedev, but it is clear that we face very serious problems. The biggest danger for us, for Europeans, is an alternative Europe. Europe with alternative principles and values”, — said the Ukrainian President.
However, he listed the values that, in his opinion, is “alternative, isolationism, homophobia, disrespect for human rights, religious fanaticism and called her a leader of Russian President Vladimir Putin. “This alternate Europe has its own leader. His name is Mr Putin. This alternative Europe is their infantry. It is Pro-Russian and anti-EU parties, which are in every European country”, —said the head Ukrainian state.
At the beginning of February of this year Poroshenko in an interview with German newspaper Bild, said that “the threat of open war” in the East of Ukraine “worse than last year”, blaming it on Russia. However, he pointed to the presence in Ukraine of Russian soldiers and officers, according to him, generally 8 thousand. In addition, the Ukrainian head of state referred to the new Russian bases on the border with his country and the constant military exercises, adding that Russia is “heavily investing in military preparations”.
At the end of the same month, Poroshenko said that “clearly visible” prospect of resuming full-scale hostilities in the Donbass. “The prospect of a resumption of full-scale hostilities in the East in the systematic violation of the aggressor obligations taken by Russia at itself in Minsk, clearly visible on our radar,” — said Poroshenko.
Meanwhile, Moscow has repeatedly denied accusations in an open interference in the conflict in Ukraine, while not excluding that in the Donbas are Russian citizens who went there as volunteers.
Large-scale fighting in the Donbass stopped in February 2015 after signing of the second Minsk agreement and the withdrawal of Ukrainian Armed forces from debaltseve. From then on the contact line of large operations has not been, however, reports of shelling and skirmishes come regularly.