The first President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk supported direct talks with Russia which would consider Ukraine’s interests, as he said on air of Pulse political talk show.
“Speaking of peace, after Minks format was renewed, the first step is a dialogue with Russia. We can’t avoid that, we should not be afraid of dialogue. When we start a dialogue, it doesn’t mean we surrender. These are dialogue, proposals, and discussion. When people talk, guns are silent. We were also afraid that the situation turned out the way that a part of Ukrainian politics is scared of Moscow and screams: “Get away from Moscow”. How? We have 2250 km of the common border. Where to go?” he said.
Kravchuk stressed: relationships with Russia have to be based on the international right. “We don’t need brotherhood, we don’t need friendship, no need for empty words. We need normal international relationships, which are based on international law. We need to start with that,” he explained.
Leonid Kravchuk is the first leader of Ukraine, who headed the state in 1991 when it gained independence from the USSR. He served in this office until 1994, succeeded by his former Prime Minister Leonid Kuchma.
Kravchuk also held the post of the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada and the member of the Parliament serving in the Social Democratic Party of Ukraine (United) faction.