Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, comparing Russia with the crocodile, and differs from its predecessors more rigid manner of speech. This opinion was expressed in an interview with “Tape.Roux,” a member of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Sergei Tsekov.
“It’s amazing that the President of another country says such things. Earlier the President of Ukraine made very harsh statements against Russia, since Leonid Kravchuk (the first President of Ukraine — approx. “Of the tape.ru”), but they were not so offensive,” — said the MP.
At the same time, said the Senator, Kiev never appreciated the cooperation received from Moscow. “Russia have always been guilty, at all times. With all presidents, all the governments I have never heard of thanks from their lips to Russia”, — he stressed.
Earlier Wednesday, Poroshenko called Russia a “crocodile, which never feels full”. The Ukrainian President referred to the statement of the former Prime Minister of great Britain Winston Churchill. “Churchill said in January 1942: “one hopes that if it is enough to feed the crocodile, the crocodile will eat him later”. There is one place where these words are particularly relevant: it is Ukraine, and the crocodile, of which many would like to feed, so he doesn’t eat them today is Russia”, — he said.
The official representative of the foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, commenting on the statement of the Ukrainian President, said: “Apparently, I broke my fast in the glory.”
Leonid Kuchma led the Ukraine from 1994 until 2005. He was replaced by Viktor Yushchenko (2005-2010). The penultimate head of state Viktor Yanukovych during the political crisis in February 2014 (the so-called “Euromaidan”) was actually removed from power.