29 Mar 2019 09:25

Tymoshenko not to cooperate with Boyko, certain of her victory in Ukrainian presidential election

KYIV. March 29 (Interfax) - Ukrainian presidential candidate and leader of the Batkivshchyna party, Yulia Tymoshenko, does not support the idea of forming an alliance with the Opposition Platform - For Life, which is not ruled out by the latter's leader and presidential candidate, Yuriy Boyko.

"Before his departure [for Moscow], Boyko modestly mentioned in a certain context that he might be cooperating with us. I see this is an intentional provocation. We do not support such alliances, we will never make such alliances, we stand for a European Ukraine," Tymoshenko said in the Pravo na Vladu program aired by Channel 1+1 on Thursday night.

Boyko and the leader of the Ukrainian Choice - People's Right movement and member of the party For Life, Viktor Medvedchuk, "departed for the Russian Federation despite the closed airspace," Tymoshenko said. "The Ukrainian president allowed Medvedchuk and Boyko to fly to Russia and to return from Russia to Ukraine," she said.

She also said there would be no mass protests organized by her party after the election.

"I want everyone who hears me to calm down. I am aware of the aggressive escalation of tensions in the country and [allegations] of another Maidan, unrest, and armed confrontations. I can assure you that nothing of the sort will happen," Tymoshenko said in comment on the allegations that her party might initiate protests in case of defeat in the presidential election.

Tymoshenko hinted that she ruled out a possibility of being defeated. "Rest assured. You know that ratings and opinion polls [...] are political tools, and I am asking the country to disregard them," she said.

It was reported earlier that Boyko deemed an alliance of opposition forces promoting peace in Donbas to be possible, and did not rule out a coalition with Tymoshenko's Batkivshchyna in the Verkhovna Rada.