Russian aggression does not automatically provide Ukraine with support from West - Poroshenko
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko believes that Ukraine successfully opposes Russia's attempts to destroy an international coalition in support of Ukraine.
"Deeply mistaken are those who think that Russian aggression allegedly provides us with automatic support in the West. We need to fight for support every day. Over the past four and a half years we have managed not only to create and maintain a powerful transatlantic coalition in support of Ukraine, but also to expand and strengthen it considerably," he said in an annual message to the Verkhovna Rada on the internal and external situation in Ukraine.
Poroshenko said he was convinced that the principle "Nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine" had become an axiom of international policy. He also criticized those Western politicians who want to "look into Putin's soul."
"What do you want to see there? [..] The Russian Federation supports the right and left-populist movements, incites Euro-skepticism, meddles in elections and referendums, as was the case in the Netherlands. Thus the Kremlin is promoting its alternative agenda and values, hoping that it will be harder for the West to maintain a single position towards Moscow," he said.