He was a People"s Deputy of the first convocation of the Verkhovna Rada from May 15, 1990 to May 10, 1994. He played an important role in the country"s struggle for independence. Regarding Russian-Ukrainian relations he said: "Our historical mission is to be the doctor who will cure Russia of its imperial ambition.
Ukraine is a European power.
Russia is not. lieutenant is a Eurasian power. lieutenant is sitting on top of the Ural mountains looking East and trying to decide how to tackle its problems".