Some top Ukrainian officials have been actively working with Russia for many years, while opposition members are accused of this. This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin in his opening remarks at a meeting with members of Russia’s Security Council on Friday, TASS reports.
"Although many, including those in the country’s political leadership, have been actively working in Russia for many years and, by the way, in Crimea too, and this is considered to be normal," the Russian president noted.
He stressed that the trade turnover between the two countries had amounted to $9.9 bln over the past year.
"I can hardly imagine, if we approach such issues without bias, everyone working with Russia being held criminally liable in Ukraine," Putin said.
Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin considers leader of Opposition Platform – For Life Viktor Medvedchuk one of the Ukrainian politicians, who in contrast to many others, stands for normalization of relations with Russia in fact as RIA News reported citing Putin’s Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov.
“Who is Medvedchuk for Putin? He is for Putin one of the Ukrainian politicians, who in contrast to many others, stands for normalization of mutual relations between Russia and Ukraine,” Peskov answered to the journalists’ question whether or not Kremlin followed the trial over Medvedchuk and how his relations with Putin can be described.
Peskov added that Medvedchuk and Putin “know each other; they had meetings many times”.