Ukrainian border officials prevented former President Petro Poroshenko from leaving the country because he allegedly wanted to meet with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Poroshenko, head of state from 2014 to 2019, was turned away at the border on Friday, the Ukrainian secret service SBU said on Saturday. The reason was a planned meeting between the opposition MP and Orbán, who was criticized by Kiev for his pro-Russian stance.

Orbán “systematically represents an anti-Ukrainian position,” said the SBU. Moscow wanted to use the meeting “for its information and psychological operations against Ukraine.” Poroshenko himself did not mention a planned meeting with Orbán, but stated that he wanted to discuss, among other things, US military aid and the blockade of the border by Polish truck drivers at meetings in Poland and the USA.

After leaving office, Poroshenko was investigated for treason and corruption. The ex-president suspects that these were commissioned by his successor and political rival, the current head of state Volodymyr Zelensky. Poroshenko’s European Solidarity party is the second largest party in parliament after Zelensky’s Servant of the People party.

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