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Ukraine has to negotiate with Russia, – Ukraine’s Defence Minister

Russia almost never sticks to its word when negotiating with the country of a smaller territory and potential, Stepan Poltorak said
12:51, 23 May 2019

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Stepan Poltorak, Ukraine’s Minister of Defence believes that Ukraine has to negotiate with Russia. He said that in his interview with Novoye Vremya online outlet.

It is necessary to be very careful during the negotiations, as the Russian Federation rarely keeps its word, he said.

“Negotiations with Russia have to be held. The only thing is that one needs to be very careful because, frankly speaking, I know very few examples in history when Russia reaches an agreement and keeps its word,” Stepan Poltorak says.

According to the Minister of Defence, Russia usually doesn’t stick to its word when making agreements with the countries with a smaller army, potential, and territory.

“They stick more or less to their word when they talk with the USA, but not necessarily in every issue,” Poltorak said.

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As we reported earlier, Stepan Poltorak offered his resignation on May 20, minutes after the inauguration and the tough speech of the newly elected President Volodymyr Zelensky. Stepan Poltorak held the post of the Defence Minister since October 14, 2014. Before that, he led the National Guard. After the Revolution of Dignity, he headed internal troops before they were disbanded.

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Stepan Poltorak held the post of the Defence Minister since October 14, 2014. Before that he led National Guard. After the Revolution of Dignity, he headed internal troops before they were disbanded.

On October 13, 2018 Poltorak resigned from army, implementing the demands of the law on national security, which provides the norm on civil Minister of Defence. According to the document, since the next year, civil minister has to head the Defence Ministry, two people have to be appointed for commanding the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Viktor Muzhenko heads the General Headquarters.

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