Sergei Glazyev, a senior advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin, told the BBC that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is a Nazi and his endorsement of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement is illegitimate.
“Europe is trying to push Ukraine to sign this agreement by force,” he claimed. They organized a military coup in Ukraine. They helped Nazis to come to power. Now in Ukraine we have a clear Nazi government. This Nazi government is bombing the largest region of Ukraine.”
For clarification, the BBC interviewer asked Glazyev if Poroshenko is a Nazi.
“Of course he is a Nazi!” he said.
He also said Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk is a Nazi.
Glazyev went on to say the Right Sector supported Poroshenko, the far right party Russia chose as a boogeyman to spook people into believing the protesters in Kiev were Nazis and racists. However, Dmytro Yarosh was the Right Sector’s presidential candidate and he barely received 1% of the vote. But Russian TV showed him at one point leading all the candidates by 30%.
“Poroshenko himself is illegitimate,” he said. “One quarter of Ukraine population do not see him as a legitimate president, they did not participate in elections.”
Glazyev did not clarify his remarks. He did not mention the break away regions in Ukraine, the Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic, threatened people not to vote on May 25. No one voted for Poroshenko because the people were not allowed and the pro-Russian forces used voting bins as trash cans. The BBC said Moscow recognizes Poroshenko, but Glazyev was quick to deny it.
“Oh I don’t think so,” he countered. “There is no official condition. We only speak with him.”
It did not take long for the Kremlin to distance itself from Glazyev’s remarks. One advisor told Interfax that Glazyev’s views to do not reflect the Kremlin’s views on Poroshenko or Ukraine.
It should be noted that Putin’s allies caused a ruckus and demanded Ukraine fire Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia after he called Putin a “dickhead.” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he “can’t really imagine how anyone, especially a Russian representative, can sit down at the negotiating table with him after such an outburst.”