President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated that he would like to take Matteo Salvini, Italy’s Minister of the Interior, who is famous for his statements about the legitimacy of the “referendum” in Crimea, to Donbas to show the consequences of the battle actions and Russian aggression. The President said it in the interview for La Repubblica, as his Administration reports.
“I would like to take Salvini to Donbas to show him schools and markets after Russia’s bombardments, deceased children and orphaned children, widows and destroyed cities. And I am sure that then he would understand how much we need sanctions against Moscow. Actually, I am afraid, your Minister of the Interior doesn’t know about the tragedy Ukraine is experiencing because of the Kremlin,” Poroshenko stated.
The Head of the State stressed that the values are always more important than money and it is better to fulfil one's obligations to the EU than doing business with Russia.
Poroshenko noted that Ukraine has been the target of Russian aggression for four years now, “when Russian soldiers are murdering our soldiers and civilians on our territory.”
“Such gross violation of the international law which killed 11,000 people, has to make every politician with self-respect protest. I could also tell Salvini about terrible conditions our Ukrainian political prisoners are kept in, or about the prosecution of 350,000 Crimean Tatars who did not accept Russian passports after the illegal annexation,” the President noted.
Earlier Italian Interior Minister and Vice Prime Minister Matteo Salvini considered the annexation of Crimea legal and said that the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine was fake. Foreign Ministry of Ukraine condemned such statement and Italian Ambassador to Ukraine Davide La Cecilia assured that "position of Italy in the support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine is clear and consistent."