The Chairman of the political council of “Opposition Platform – For Life” Viktor Medvedchuk told how many times he had met with the Russian President Vladimir Putin over the past five years on air of “Maga” program.
“Of course, I never counted, but I should say we have met many, a lot of times. You know, this is communication with such person, the leader of the state, a person known in the whole world… There are nuances of awareness of what you say. I always said it, obviously, we do talk about Donbas situation all the time. About the release of people. Moreover, despite some personal relationships, I was trying, and I am trying and I will try to use my opportunities, our relationships and his attitude towards me in the interest of Ukraine. And I have proved that it worked. But not in such amounts, as you say: “Well, Medvedchuk is communicating and he won’t say anything...”, he stated.
It should be noted that on January 29, during the assembly of “Opposition Platform – For Life” Medvedchuk said that Donbas should enjoy the status of autonomy as part of Ukraine. According to him, this will help solve the conflict in the east.
Viktor Medvedchuk, considered a major figure in the political life of Ukraine is well known for his pro-Russian stance and close ties with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. In 2018, he acted as the negotiator during the talks on the exchange of captives in Donbas.
Viktor Medvedchuk stated that the negotiations on the exchange in an “all for all” format are being conducted all the time. In December 2017, the largest exchange by “306 for 74” formula took place.
Thanks to the participation of Viktor Medvedchuk, more than 480 Ukrainian citizens were released.