Ukraine is threatened with bankruptcy, Russian invasion - Zeman


09.06.2014 17:01

Liberec - New Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will face a difficult situation now that the country is threatened with bankruptcy, civil war and Russian invasion, Czech President Milos Zeman said at a meeting with students in Liberec today.


Prezident Miloš Zeman zahájil 9. června v Liberci třídenní návštěvu Libereckého kraje. Na snímku je při besedě se studenty středních škol města Liberce v tělocvičně liberecké střední průmyslové školy. ČTK Petrášek Radek

"The only way to calm down the situation in Ukraine is decentralisation of Ukraine, i.e. the pushing through the system of self-rule regions. I believe that it is feasible," Zeman said.

"On the other hand, I insist that Ukraine is threatened with economic bankruptcy, a civil war and Russian invasion. As a result, he who governs Ukraine will face a far from easy situation," Zeman said.

Up to now, Ukraine has been controlled by various groups of gangsters who enriched themselves through a number of dubious operations, including illegal siphoning off gas from pipelines, Zeman said.

"Of course, there were also groups that did not shun contractual murders. For example, Yulia Tymoshenko, the pretty blonde with plaits, was publicly accused of having hired killers for 20 contractual murders. This is a usual way of communication between local politicians," Zeman said, referring to Ukraine.

In the past two months, eastern Ukraine has been tormented by a pro-Russian rebellion, which Kiev says are masterminded by Moscow and to which Kiev reacted by military "anti-terrorist operations."

Poroshenko on Sunday said he wants the fighting to be terminated this week.

On Friday, Poroshenko shortly met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. They agreed on a quick resumption of the Russian-Ukrainian negotiations.

Zeman today compared Putin to a chess player in face of whom one must not make mistakes.

"If you make a mistake, I can be sure that he will use it. The advice is simple, one must not make unnecessary mistakes," Zeman said.

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