Putin schools Ukrainian journalist – “Ukrainians and Russians are one people”

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December 16, 2017 – FRN – 

Politnavigator – translated by Inessa Sinchougova 

President Vladimir Putin at the annual press conference delivered a small monologue about the historical community of Russian and Ukrainian peoples. 

“The Slavic world developed in a complicated way. Kiev was part and center of Russia. In this sense, historical, spiritual and other niches give me the right to say that we are basically one people,” Putin said.

The audience reacted to this with applause. Putin was answering a particularly rude Ukrainian journalist – the audience shouted “This is not a question! It’s provocation!” Roman Tsimbalyk attended the conference as if he just rolled out of bed, in an orange house sweater.

“As Ukraine developed, being close to the western borders, it developed in a certain way. There is a lot of remarkable originality there. In Russia, they love Ukrainian culture, they consider it to be part of their own. In the 19th century, people appeared who began to say that Ukraine should become independent. Maybe it was okay within the framework of the empire, where, probably, a certain Russification was carried out. Although for Ukraine this was least noticeable. Ukraine is an Orthodox country. In general, Ukrainians do not differ from Russians in any way,” the Russian president continued his historical interpretaion.

He recalled that Ukraine in its present form was formed thanks to the Russian Empire and the USSR.

“Ukraine became part of the Russian Empire in three regions: Kiev, Chernigov and what is now called the Zhytomyr region. As a result of being in the Russian Empire, it grew in size. The Bolsheviks for some reason decided that all the territories surrounding Ukraine should be immersed in it. All the Black Sea region, and the western regions. The Crimea was given in violation of the federal legislation in 1954, “Putin said.

However, he did not rule out the possibility of a new unification of Ukraine and Russia.

“We will get through this, I’m sure. If someone believes that Ukraine should develop as an independent state, so be it, if people think that it is counterproductive to fight it. But you need to pay attention that the world is following a different path. People of different nationalities and religions are uniting (regional integration). First they separated us, and then they got us to fight eachother. We must understand what is beneficial for Russia and Ukraine, and what is counterproductive, “Putin said.

Inessa Sinchougova is an Editor and Journalist at Fort Russ News, as well as a research fellow and translator of the Belgrade based think-tank, the Center for Syncretic Studies. She was educated at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), in the field of Political Science and was previously employed in Marketing and Communications Strategy for a Multi-National Corporation. She runs a popular YouTube channel for translations of key Russian Foreign Policy figures and appears regularly on other alternative media channels. If you like her work, you can support her Patreon here.

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