10:24 05 Feb 2021

Avakov: Earlier, Medvedchuk's channels weren't blocked because Poroshenko didn't have political will

Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said that TV channels from Viktor Medvedchuk's pool hadn't been blocked earlier because the previous government, Petro Poroshenko, didn't have the proper political will. Earlier, the fifth president said he hadn't blocked the channels due to starting the election campaign.

Avakov voiced his position on the air of "Right to Power."

He was asked what prevented him from making this decision earlier. To which the minister replied: "There was no political will. I'm neatly saying. My position was very consistent. But at some point, several members of the National Security and Defense Council and then-President Petro Poroshenko lacked political will. Zelenskyi had enough."

As reported, Zelenskyi imposed sanctions on Medvedchuk's colleague Kozak and his TV channels for 5 years. Zelenskyi called this decision difficult.

The TV channels announced their "intention to fight for their right to speak for Ukrainians and be on the air."

Besides, the National Security and Defense Council blocked the company, which has 7 private planes, including Kozak's personal plane.

In response, OPZZH stated it was initiating impeachment proceedings against Zelenskyi.

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