Verkhovna Rada Deputy Yevgeny Shevchenko, expelled from the ruling Servant of the People party after an unauthorized trip to the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, spoke about plans to become the President of Ukraine in 2024. He stated this in an interview with ONT TV channel.
According to Shevchenko, there is a need to participate in the elections, and he “will have to do it.”
“I understand that our country needs to be saved. To say that I already have ready-made plans, I will not say so. Desire … Not even desire, it is a necessity. I always planned to become a political leader, to have my own party and to enter the parliament with my small faction in order to represent the interests of the southeast of Ukraine, people mentally close to me, close to Belarus, to the Russians who believe that we are all brothers, no matter what we are in no case should they be at enmity, fight, should integrate, be friends with families, ”he said.
In May, Shevchenko was expelled from the ruling Servant of the People party due to an unauthorized visit to Lukashenka in late April. At a meeting with the president of the neighboring country, the deputy confessed the love of Ukrainians to Belarusians and called these peoples the closest to each other. Lukashenko noted that Shevchenko was not afraid to go against the tide.
Relations between Kiev and Minsk soured in 2020. In Belarus, fighters of a Russian private military company were detained, some of whom turned out to be Ukrainian citizens and fought in the Donbass. Kiev requested their extradition, but the detainees returned to Russia. Minsk, in turn, accused Ukraine of involvement in mass protests against Lukashenka.