President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has instructed the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) to report on the feasibility of further participation of Viktor Medvedchuk, chairman of the political council of the Opposition Platform Party – For Life, in the negotiations on the release of Ukrainian detainees from the occupied territories and political prisoners from Russian Federation.
Poroshenko told this radio “New Time“.
“De facto, Mr. Medvedchuk represents the Russian Federation and Putin. What was the motivation for delegating Medvedchuk to the humanitarian subgroup of the Tripartite Contact Group at the Minsk talks? Because he was the only channel of communication with Putin, which proved ineffective. It is not within competence of Medvedchuk to determine what and how Ukraine should do,” the head of state said.
According to Poroshenko, Medvedchuk had one function – the release of hostages, both in the occupied territory of Ukraine and in the prisons of the Russian Federation.
“The last time it happened was in December 2017. It’s impossible to call Medvedchuk’s work efficient,” the president noted.
“I appeal to the Security Service of Ukraine to consider the feasibility of further using Mr. Medvedchuk in the format of a humanitarian group on hostage release if its functioning is ineffective, and report to me tomorrow,” Poroshenko said.
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