Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the United States organized a coup in Ukraine in 2014, and European countries weakly supported it, which led to a split within the country and the withdrawal of Crimea from its composition.
In his article for the German newspaper Zeit, Putin spoke about the expansion of NATO, which, in his opinion, actually buried hopes for a continent without dividing lines. “What, by the way, was warned in the mid-80s by one of the leaders of the SPD – Egon Bahr, who proposed to radically rebuild the entire European security system after the unification of Germany, both with the participation of the USSR and the United States. But no one in the USSR, the United States, or Europe wanted to listen to him then,” Putin said.
He also spoke about the events in Ukraine. “Moreover, many countries were faced with an artificial choice – to be either with the collective West or with Russia. In fact, it was an ultimatum. We can see the consequences of such an aggressive policy on the example of the Ukrainian tragedy of 2014. Europe actively supported the unconstitutional armed coup in Ukraine, ” the President writes.
“That’s how it all started. Why was it necessary to do this? Then the current President Yanukovych has already agreed with all the demands of the opposition. Why did the United States organize the coup, and the countries of Europe-weakly supported it, provoking a split in Ukraine itself and the withdrawal of Crimea from its composition,” Putin said.