Poroshenko on the air of the Polish TV channel Polsat News said that the decision of the International Olympic Committee to allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete is shocking to everyone who knows about the crimes of the aggressor state on the territory of Ukraine.
He called on the IOC members to come to Bucha to make sure that Russia is incompatible with the principles of Olympic sports, European Solidarity reports.
“I was shocked by this reaction. I met several times with the International Olympic Committee, I could not imagine that the Olympic Movement was involved in supporting the aggressor. Of course, we are upset by this decision, which demonstrates such a pacifying attitude towards the Russian aggressor” said the fifth president.
“I want to invite members of the International Olympic Committee to hold an IOC meeting in Bucha. Look into the eyes of those who lost their loved ones, go to the cemetery, see the bombed-out churches, stop by Borodyanka, where large apartment buildings were destroyed by Russian missiles. And say: this is a symbol of the Olympic ideals?” Petro Poroshenko noted.
“I have two proposals. First, of course, the civilized world should boycott those competitions in which Russian and Belarusian athletes take part. You can’t show business as usual. The world is different,” Poroshenko notes.
“And the second suggestion is that we must act decisively. I want to appeal to French President Emanuel Macron, whom I know very well and with whom we have worked a lot together, to the French government and parliament, to come up with an initiative not to issue visas to Russian and Belarusian delegations. Or cancel existing visas for Russians and Belarusians who want to ignore the blood and lives of tens of thousands of Ukrainians. Either by their direct participation, or by voting for Putin and tacit acceptance, they are involved in genocide against Ukraine and Ukrainians,” Petro Poroshenko stressed.
Recall that Petro Poroshenko showed a video of how the Poseidon UAV made a “pop” in Donetsk, tracking down the enemy.
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