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Poroshenko calls on politicians to stop squabbles

"The muddier is the water, the more likely the enemy will catch fish in it."

Poroshenko calls on politicians to stop squabbles
Photo: Photo: presidential press service

President Petro Poroshenko urged Ukrainian politicians to stop "internal free-for-all wars."

"While the society demonstrates impressive unity today, our political class is disconnected and selfish. They absolutely do not see the necessity of taking into account the external circumstances to restrain and keep the temperature of political competition within reason. Inherent in any democratic system, the competition of the government and the opposition should not turn into free-for-all wars, which weaken the country before external threats. The muddier is the water, the more likely that the enemy will catch fish in it," Poroshenko said on Monday, 21 November during the events on the occasion of the Day of Dignity and Freedom.

In this context, he suggested to consider how the Ukrainian revolution a hundred years ago would have ended, if its leaders Hrushevskyy, Vinnychenko, Petlyura and Skoropadskyy could unite.

Poroshenko said that while criticizing his actions, it is necessary to maintain respect for the institution of the presidency, which he represents. "This is the only way a democratic country can exist," stressed the president.

Poroshenko lambasted populism, which reigns in the Ukrainian politics. "If it was decided to create an international alliance of populist movements, Ukraine would be able to delegate several parliamentary and at least a devil's dozen extra-parliamentary forces to it," - Poroshenko said.

On 20 November, Poroshenko said that Russia is trying to destabilize the situation in Ukraine in order to provoke early parliamentary elections, strengthen the pro-Russian forces in the new parliament and ultimately derail the European course of Ukraine.