Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, against “persecution” of the Opposition Platform – For Life party, headed by his friend Viktor Medvedchuk.
The words of the Russian leader heard during the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok are quoted by the Russian TASS agency.
“If today’s authority begins to persecute opposition, there will be no good… It would be strange if any corking took place,” Volodymyr Putin said.
According to the President of the Russian Federation, Opposition Platform – For Life “works within the framework of the Constitution of Ukraine, within the framework of the current law”.
“It would be a great mistake if attempts were made to interfere with the exercise of their constitutional rights,” he added.
Putin called the aforementioned party “a parliamentary opposition that received the trust of a significant number of voters, confirmed during the democratic elections, by voting”.
The President of the Russian Federation also said that he did not see Volodymyr Zelensky’s statement about the alleged foreign financing of the Opposition Platform – For Life.
Putin added that if such a statement were made, it means that “the incumbent authorities in Kyiv risk stepping on the same rake as the former Ukrainian leadership in the person of ex-president Poroshenko”.