Russian President Vladimir Putin, commenting on the citation by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on the lines of the poet Mikhail Lermontov, noted that the Ukrainian leader first, close offshore accounts to become European.
Poroshenko on Saturday evening congratulated the compatriots with the introduction of a visa-free regime with the EU at a ceremony in Kiev. In his speech, the politician quoted verses of Lermontov’s “farewell, unwashed Russia, country of slaves, the country gentlemen. And you, blue uniforms, and you, his faithful people.”
“Of course you know in our literature and in Ukrainian you could find many such examples of bright and hard, what could be the answer to Pyotr Alekseevich. But I won’t do it out of respect for the Ukrainian people, out of respect for our common history, our common faith,” – said Putin during a “straight line”.
“If someone wants to be European, first let your account will be closed in the offshore areas, and then speaks about the welfare of the people,” the President added.
In this regard, the President recalled about the words of Taras Shevchenko, said almost 170 years ago: “Doborolsya Ukraine to the edge and worse poles crucify her own children”. “I hope that once this period in the life and history of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people will end”,- concluded Putin.