Ex-President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko chose a policy of anti-Russian hysteria and cave Russophobia in order to get the support of the electorate in western Ukraine. The Chairman of the Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life Party and MP Viktor Medvedchuk expressed such an opinion during the “Big Interview” on 112 Ukraine TV channel.
“Let's recall the situation, the end of 2016 - beginning of 2017, when this so-called economic blockade began, and when it was already enacted in March by the decision of the Security Council and the decree signed by Poroshenko. Do you remember the international reaction? Seven countries said the blockade cannot be imposed, it must be removed, it is necessary to remove the national radicals from there by force, using force, the monopoly for which should be with the state. Do you remember the opinion of the EU? Do you remember the most important thing for Poroshenko? It was the decision, even the opinion of the US Embassy. They were all for it. And Poroshenko said: “No, it's trading on blood,” he said.
“And why? Yes, because in 2017 he already chose the line of policy for the 2019 year for the presidential election, and he needed this confrontation. He took the position of professing and reproducing the policy of Russophobic hysteria and the cave attitude on all that connected Ukraine with Russia. He wanted to win the whole western electorate. He wanted to be the first there, and for that, he needed this anti-Russian hysteria and cave Russophobia, and he chose this policy. How to negotiate with these territories, with the people, to allow trade, not to impose an economic blockade and profess this policy? There was no such way. That's why it was done like this. And this is what affected the interests of Ukraine, the interests of our citizens in a bad way. And it’s still not allowed,” the MP added.