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Russian-oriented leader to consider coalition with Tymoshenko

Russian-oriented leader to consider coalition with Tymoshenko

22 March 2019

Yuriy Boyko, the leading presidential candidate among
Ukraine’s Russian-oriented forces, said in a Mar. 22 television interview that
he will consider forming a parliamentary coalition after the October elections
with the Fatherland party, led by Yulia Tymoshenko, “if there is an effort
towards peace.” He said he is ready to unite and form the coalition “with those
who will agree with us, who will make steps towards peace in the country and
who will defend the economic interests” of voters.

 

Zenon Zawada: Boyko’s
statement is worth considering from two points of view. On the one hand, there
is ample evidence that his
Opposition Platform-For Life party has a political and business alliance with
President Poroshenko, whose campaign is striving to portray Tymoshenko as
Kremlin-aligned. So Boyko’s comment could be part of this effort to further
damage her image among Poroshenko’s pro-Western electorate.

 

On the other hand, we’ve also considered the possibility that Boyko and Medvedchuk could decide to abandon
their alliance with Poroshenko if they can form a Russian-oriented government
after the October parliamentary elections. So Boyko’s comment could be a
genuine proposal to Tymoshenko to consider cooperating in that regard. In other
words, he could be killing two birds with one stone with his statement.

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