Poroshenko in interview with “Gazeta Wyborcza”: None of Russia’s “experiments” in the occupied territories lead to development

Russia is unable to provide a normal life for the inhabitants of the occupied territories, said the fifth President and leader of the European Solidarity Party Petro Poroshenko, in an interview with the editor-in-chief of the influential Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza, public figure and dissident Adam Michnik.

“My friend, the late John McCain, said that Russia is a ‘gas station with nuclear warheads.’ We are certainly interested in involving Russia in the negotiations, just as we are interested in Russia joining the European Security Coalition. To do this, Russia must do two things: liberate Crimea and liberate Donbas. And then comes the liberation of Transnistria, “Poroshenko said.

“None of Russia’s “experiments” – Ossetia, Abkhazia, Transnistria and Donbas – have led to the development of these territories and the growth of human well-being. How much longer do we need these experiments when Russia is unable to provide a decent life for the people living in the occupied territories? ” the fifth President asked.

Petro Poroshenko noted that immediately after the capture of Crimea, Putin’s popularity increased, but now it is falling.

“It did grow to 70%. But today, most Russians don’t care about Crimea, and Putin’s popularity has dropped to 32 percent. Since 2014, the Russian economy has not grown, incomes are declining. But poverty is growing and there is no influx of foreign direct investment. Russia is stagnant, people do not want to put up with it. They are not yet ready for protests, as Navalny’s example showed. But Putin is afraid and that’s why he was so brutal in pursuing those who told the truth, “Poroshenko said.