KIEV, 18 Feb – RIA Novosti. Former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that he became the owner of the Pryamoy TV channel, having bought it from ex-deputy of the Verkhovna Rada, Vladimir Makeenko, the amount of the transaction has not been announced.
“Makeyenko called me this morning. He said that we need to make joint efforts to protect the channel. He said that his only fault is that he made efforts for several years to support, provide, finance and protect the channel. But now he needs help. Two hours ago we signed an agreement, I paid money, a lot of money that could go to charity – and two hours ago in the state register the ultimate beneficial owner of Direct Channel became Prime Assets Capital, a structure that is 100 percent owned by Poroshenko Petr Alekseevich ” – said Poroshenko on the air of “Direct”.
Poroshenko also addressed the current head of state on the eve of the announced meeting of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC).
“Volodymyr Aleksandrovich (Zelensky – ed.), Tomorrow at the National Security and Defense Council it is possible to impose sanctions against the” terrorist “Poroshenko, but I strongly advise you to take a close look at how (former President of Ukraine Viktor – ed.) Yanukovych, who tried so hard close Channel 5 (owned by Poroshenko – ed.). Follow it carefully every day. I will tell you – he ended badly. I will do everything in my power to protect freedom of speech, “Poroshenko added.
Earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky ordered to convene a meeting of the NSDC on February 19.