Poroshenko admitted that he wanted to meet the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán. In December, he planned to travel to Poland and the United States.
Petro Poroshenko – leader of the European Solidarity party and former president of Ukraine in 2014-2019 – planned to meet with the leaders of European countries. However, he was not allowed to do so.
Poroshenko said the SBU’s decision was “senseless, baseless and discrediting the opposition and democracy in Ukraine.” He added that between December 1 and 8 he only wanted to visit Poland and the USA. On December 4, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó confirmed that the former president also wanted to meet Orbán.
Poroshenko commented on this news. “In fact, together with my office, we appealed to the leaders of countries conditionally classified as skeptical. These include Hungary, Slovakia and other countries, where I proposed to meet and discuss the situation,” European Pravda quotes the former president. Meetings with Orbán were also supposed to take place in November, but Poroshenko was also refused permission to travel then.
The Russians wanted to take advantage of the meeting between the Ukrainian and Hungarian politicians
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) did not allow Poroshenko to leave the country on December 1 because it was afraid that the Russians would use this opportunity to conduct a PsyOps operation. This is a type of wide-scale disinformation and manipulation campaign, strongly influencing the emotions of the nation that is the target of the message.
The SBU statement emphasized that the visit was intended to be a “special provocation in the international arena, directed against Ukraine,” we read. In cooperation with the regime media, the Russians planned to produce materials depicting the alleged conflict and lack of unity at the highest levels of power.
The Russians also had other plans. They wanted foreign partners to start giving up supporting Ukraine on a large scale, as was the case so far. They also wanted to quarrel the nation defending itself against the invasion. They intended to create a situation where Ukrainian politicians would start spreading the narrative among themselves about the need to start negotiations with Russia on the Kremlin’s terms.