Petro Poroshenko, the incumbent head of state and the presidential candidate, said that would respect any choice of the Ukrainian people, whoever they would vote for in the second round of elections on April 21. He said this speaking to journalists at the NSC Olimpiysky, 112 Ukraine reported.
"If, God forbid, he (showman Volodymyr Zelensky, - ed.) is elected (president - ed.), and it is the choice of the Ukrainian people, I will respect it. Why? Because we are a democratic state, and there is already no doubt about this," he noted.
At the same time, Poroshenko added that he was concerned about the likely presidency of Zelensky.
"He was invited to the debates so that he could at least say something. How he sees European integration, Euro-Atlantic integration, how he sees the first directions of reforms... For example, I’m concerned that we should now stop European, Euro-Atlantic integration in order to go for a referendum again. The people now have more than half of NATO’s support and almost 2/3 of EU support. I think this is a deliberate delay of our way to return our people to the family of European nations," he said.
Let us recall that during the presidential campaign in 2014, Poroshenko himself refused from participating in the debates with another presidential aspirant Yuliya Tymoshenko, his key competitor. Poroshenko explained his unwillingness by the fact that Ukraine "is in a state of war. All people emphasize that the country needs unity. If we start quarreling now, our rivals would benefit from it."