Poroshenko slams India over ‘Crimean leader’ visit

13:24, 12 December 2014
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that India is showing it considers money more important than values by inviting the self-proclaimed leader of the Crimean separatists Sergei Aksenov to visit the country, and is not standing up for "civilization" against Russia’s aggression, Reuters has reported.


"It is not an easy task to preserve peace in the world together. India's stance will not help to save Aksenov. He is a criminal. He was criminal in the past, and no doubt he will remain so in the future," Poroshenko said on Friday.

Aksenov arrived in India accompanied by Russian diplomats to meet with India’s business elites. After signing agreements with  the businessmen, Aksenov told reporters that his visit was "private", and that he was not participating in official ceremonies.

However, he also stated that he had come to India, "as a member of a delegation headed by [Russian] President Vladimir Putin."

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