Poroshenko said he speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin about once every two weeks. Asked if the fall in oil prices and the ruble's value in recent months had changed Mr. Putin's tone in the calls, Mr. Poroshenko said no.
"It seems to me that the Ukrainian question is very emotional for him," he said. "If you ask if I trust him, my answer would be no." He also noted that "if you ask me, do I trust the European Union, my answer would be yes."
"To have a complete de-escalation, we don't need any blah-blah-blah, we need just to withdraw Russian troops," Poroshenko said.
At the same time, Poroshenko said that if we talk about Putin's goals which he pursues, it is best to ask the Russian president personally about it, but at the same time, the Ukrainian president stressed that the territorial integrity of the state is his highest priority, along with the achievement of peace in the eastern Ukraine, UNIAN reports.
Poroshenko said that during the conversation with Putin the issue of Crimea is always on the agenda, and he cannot have any compromises.
The president confirmed that, according to intelligence reports, there are 8,000 - 9,500 Russian soldiers in eastern Ukraine.
Poroshenko insists that there can be no military solution to the situation in eastern Ukraine. "Because Russia has an army of 1,200 thousand servicemen. It is the most powerful army on the continent and, who knows, maybe one of the strongest armies in the world," Poroshenko said and assured that Ukraine is ready to defend its territory.