Kyiv, 5 March 2014 – Petro Poroshenko, Co-Chair of the Ukraine-EU Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, commented on the situation in Crimea stating that today all EU officials have taken a clear stance to condemn Russia’s act of aggression in Crimea.
‘Our main demand today is not de-escalation of the conflict but de-occupation. Military forces must be withdrawn from Ukraine and returned to their permanent dislocation. Only after that will we be ready to resolve all issues relating to the autonomy, Sevastopol status and language at the round table’, added Mr. Poroshenko.
According to Mr. Poroshenko, ‘Ukraine must prove its independence both in Crimea and in the gas market’. Commenting on the gas issue, Mr. Poroshenko stressed that ‘gas issue should no longer be a political factor of influence on Ukraine, and that is why, as a citizen, I do not care what the gas price will be. For me it is important that partnership relations are maintained between the seller and the buyer: if the price is too high, the seller will lose the market’.
Mr. Poroshenko referred to the energy sector as being the most corrupt in the country. ‘One of the most important tasks is to сlear the gas industry of corruption’, stated Mr. Poroshenko.
Petro Poroshenko is the Ukrainian businessman and politician, the founder and the honorary president of “Ukrprominvest” group company, Member of Parliament of Ukraine of 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 7th calling, non-affiliated, independent.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine since 2009 till 2010. Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine since March till November 2010. Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine since February till September 2005. Chairman of the National Bank of Ukraine since 2007 till 2012.