In his interview, Poroshenko spoke of the situation in the Donbas and Russian aggression. The medium published harsh statements by the Ukrainian President regarding Russia, despite the fact that Corriere della Sera's editorial is usually more cautious about criticism towards Russian Federation.
Poroshenko announced that the Parliament of Ukraine is discussing the procedure for conducting elections in the separatists-occupied territories of the Donbas.
"Russia continues to send troops, weapons, and $1 billion of financing to the Donbas terrorists. But we are ready for dialogue. Our parliament is discussing a special law to hold elections in these areas," Poroshenko said.
As reported earlier, EU representatives suggested that Ukraine gave special status confirmed by the Constitution to separate areas of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. According to the Minsk agreements, elections should take place in those areas before that.
Poroshenko also said in his interview that Ukraine is ready to spend money on the Donbas reconstruction.
"We are ready to reconstruct destroyed villages and cities, to renew the banking system. But until mercenaries with Kalashnikovs block our humanitarian convoys, steal money we deliver to local banks, and use them to finance attacks on Kharkiv, Odesa, and other cities, we cannot do that," Poroshenko said.
On June 6, Corriere della Sera published an interview with Vladimir Putin which stirred criticism towards the medium, for journalists' questions sounded quite flattering.