Russian security chief: Poroshenko’s chances to retain power low
Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has used sailors, detained in the Kerch Strait incident, as a bargaining chip in his political game, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said in an interview with the Argumenty i Fakty newspaper.
According to him, Ukrainian navy sailors became a bargaining chip in the political game President Poroshenko and his associates play.
"However, as is known, the chances are low under the current circumstances," TASS cited the Russian Security Council Secretary as saying.
Patrushev said that the Kerch Strait provocation points to Poroshenko’s plans to build his election campaign around fake threats.
Yesterday morning three ships of the Ukrainian Navy — Berdyansk, Nikopol and Yany Kapu — had been seized after violating the Russian state border. The Ukrainian boats did not react to legal demands of the ships accompanying them and made dangerous maneuvers, the FSB said.
The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the incident involving Ukrainian navy ships was a very dangerous provocation on the part of Kiev.