"We have not built this wall. This wall was erected by
the Russian regime and personally Vladimir Putin. We haven’t attacked Russia -
Russia invaded Ukraine. Putin has seized a part of the Ukrainian territory: the
Autonomous Republic of Crimea. We don’t supply weapons to terrorists, he
delivers. We don’t want to create a new Abkhazia and Ossetia in Russian
territory, but he does it", said Prime Minister of
Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk in the program "Shuster LIVE" on the 24 TV
channel on Wednesday, October 15.
"Therefore, what is happening in Ukraine appears
a result of an aggressive and imperial policy (carried out by the leadership of
the Russian Federation)", he stressed.
According to Arseniy Yatsenyuk, a "personal
geopolitical goal" of the Russian President is "the reconstruction of
the Soviet Union”, "In another shape, under another name, basing on other
principles, but in which Vladimir Putin will assume that he carries a sacred
mission, it’s what he thinks, of a new Russian Emperor, who collects the lands,
resumes the areas of influence and who opposes the West".
"He [Mr. Putin] wants to capture territories
and to impose his ideology. But we don't want it. We have our own values,
language, culture. We have our own history. Another
myth that Russia has always tried to invent is about our common history. There exist collective pages, however each [country] has its own history,"
said the Head of Government.
At the same time, he noted, when the price for oil is
$ 86, "the Russian leadership must think very seriously about how they will
feed their people", "In Russia, the depreciation of the national
currency makes up 20%".
Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed, actually, the invasion of
Crimea was designed also to improve the rating of President Putin inside Russia,
"This way was used by his predecessors in the Soviet Union: when you have
domestic problems, you should seek an enemy outside. He has found such enemy -
Ukraine. When you have problems inside the country, then
do something behind its boundaries. He has done it - Crimea".
"However, this political addiction is a drug.
In order to maintain the rating, it is necessary to follow a principle of the political
addiction, to go ahead. But there comes the end," he added.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed, in fact, the annexation
of Crimea and intervention in Donbas means reconsidering of the results of the
Second World War, “The capture
of Crimea and the Russian military intervention in Donetsk and Luhansk implies not just a violation of all international norms and
rules, it means an undeclared war against everything we have achieved after the
Second World War”.
"I am well aware
that the problem of returning of the Autonomous
Republic of Crimea cannot be solved in a day, a month or a year. It will take
years. But nobody stays forever in politics, the situation will change. And the
time will come when Crimea returns, and when the Russian people are ashamed of
what their previous leadership had made. So, Russia will apologize to
Ukraine", said Arseniy Yatsenyuk.