Kurt Volker, the US special envoy for Ukraine, believes that Russia is seeking to remove the current president Petro Poroshenko from his post at the March 31 elections to work out a favorable agreement with the new government. He stated this on the sidelines of the Munich Conference, responding to a question about Russia's support for any of the candidates in Ukraine, writes AFP.
“What they are trying to do is attack Poroshenko and weaken Poroshenko,” the American diplomat explained.
"They (the authorities of the Russian Federation - 112 International) really want to see him removed from power, and I think they hope they can make some kind of deal that benefits Russia with the new government because they don’t get it from Poroshenko", said Volker.
We recall Poroshenko during his stay in Munich, held a series of meetings with world politicians, including talking with Angela Merkel, Jens Stoltenberg and Mike Pence.
Earlier, we reported that President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko discussed the issues of preventing Russian intervention in the presidential elections in Ukraine with the Federal Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel. It is reported by the press service of the head of state.
According to the report, the relevant talks took place today in the framework of the participation of state leaders in the Munich Security Conference.
In addition, they also discussed ways to counter Russian aggression against Ukraine.
In particular, Poroshenko noted the importance of increasing pressure on Russia so that the Kremlin release the captured Ukrainian sailors illegally detained near the Kerch Strait, as well as all Ukrainian hostages who are illegally detained both in Russia and in the occupied territories of Donbas and Crimea.