Published on: Nov 28, 2018 @ 12:25 – MOSCOW, Russia – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday that Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has no chance to win the elections in Ukraine next year. This comes as the Ukrainian President has gone through the Rada to impose a 30 day ‘limited’ Martial Law condition, which both analysts and critics agree is meant to improve his odds at staying in power, through any number of possible mechanisms, including foul-play.
“It is obvious that the current president Poroshenko has no chance of winning the elections the way things are at the moment, and he may not have a chance to move to the second round,” Medvedev told reporters. Medvedev believes that the provocations of the incident in the Straits of Kerch were motivated to win the Poroshenko political advantages.
The Russian prime minister also said that the incident could lead to economic problems for Ukraine.
“Obviously, this incident is an additional complication to ongoing proceedings in Ukraine,” he said. “This will create serious problems for the Ukrainian economy,” he said, adding that this is of course detrimental to relations between Russia and Ukraine.
On Sunday, three Ukrainian ships – Berdyansk, Nikopol and Yany Kapu – entered the maritime border of Russia illegally and were detained by the Russian navy.
Later, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said that the ships, which tried to use the Kerch Strait as an entrance to the Sea of Azov, where the ships were detained by Russia, did not respond to the legal requirements they would stop.
For the Russian Foreign Ministry, the actions of Ukrainian ships were a provocation and a violation of international law.
US President Donald Trump said during an interview that he could cancel his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin scheduled to take place during the G20 meeting in Argentina because of the naval incident involving Russia and Ukraine in the Kerch Strait.
Trump also said he requested a full report of his national security team detailing Russia’s actions in the Black Sea on Sunday.
Earlier Tuesday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told a news conference that Trump plans to hold several bilateral meetings during the G20 summit. In her speech she mentioned, among others, the meeting with President Putin.