MOSCOW, August 31. /Basereporter.com/. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov denied the published memoirs of the former President of France, Francois Hollande, who claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin had threatened his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko at the talks in Minsk format in 2015.
“No,” – said the representative of the Kremlin on the question whether Putin uttered the phrase “I will crush you” against Poroshenko. “I was almost all the talks I have not heard this phrase,” – said Peskov, adding that he could not confirm such a statement.
In General, he did not comment on the memoir of the former President of France. “As to the allegations of Mr Hollande, because I have not read and do not know the context, I can’t judge what he meant, in what context,” – explained the representative of the Kremlin. “It’s hard for me to say that, although Putin is always very rigid and unequivocal position in support of the Russian population, where it may be subject to hostile actions, often bordering on genocide against the attacks of ultra-nationalists. It is the consistent policy of the President of Russia, it supports Russian at any point and have said this many times,” – said Peskov.
He also noted that in Ukraine “the civil war there.” “Ukraine is a civil war, it continues despite a fragile truce, it is an obvious fact and it can hardly be denied,” said the press Secretary of the Russian leader.
In February 2015, Minsk hosted the negotiations between the leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine, the results of which signed a package of the Minsk agreements on the settlement in Ukraine.