The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has accused President Vladimir Putin in an attempt to weaken and divide the European Union. He stated this in an interview with Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat.
The Ukrainian President noted that the existence of the EU benefit both France and Germany, and the UK “despite the Brexit”, as well as Finland and the Finns.
“Russia sends activity to the weakening of the EU. Putin wants to undermine the trust and divide the EU, by exercising influence on the separate States,” — said Poroshenko.
In the interview he also said that the biggest tragedy for him was the collapse of the EU.
“They say that Putin called the collapse of the Soviet Union was the biggest tragedy of 90 years. For me it would be the collapse of the European Union,” he said.
During a meeting with students of Moscow state University, which was held on January 24, Vladimir Putin said that Europe must be United, “despite all attempts to build some new walls.”
On 16 January Ukraine has filed a lawsuit against Russia in international court of justice. Ukraine accuses Russia of violating the UN Convention on combating financing of terrorism and the Convention on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination. According to Poroshenko, Russia for three years, “violates international law, three years conducted illegal annexation of Crimea illegal occupation” of Donbass and “implementing a policy of destruction and discrimination in the Crimea.”