Ex-President of Ukraine says purchasing electricity from Belarus is a trap

Former Ukrainian President and leader of the European Solidarity Party Petro Poroshenko has criticized the decision of the Ukrainian authorities to buy electricity from Belarus.

Petro Poroshenko stressed that buying electricity from Belarus is a trap aimed at returning Ukraine to dependence on Russian energy sources.

“You’ll see, Belarus will stop supplying us with electricity at temperatures of minus 15-20, so that right now, putting us on the needle, to strike a blow to make it hurt even more,” the politician said on air of the TV channel “Pryamiy.”

Ukraine banned the purchase of electricity from Belarus from May to October. The ban was not prolonged in November.

On November 6, the Ministry of Energy of Belarus said that Belarus resumed electricity supplies to Ukraine, which, as noted, would be renewed within a month. On November 18, the Ukrainian media reported that Ukraine had stopped electricity supplies from Belarus. On November 21, the Energy Ministry again announced the resumption of supplies to Ukraine.

On November 26, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made it clear during a press conference that the purchase of electricity from Belarus was a forced measure since the country lacked electricity. “How else could it be? What should the state do?” he asked rhetorically.