Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georgy Tuk, has suggested how he thinks Russia can be “destroyed” like the Soviet Union.
“We need to put pressure on Russia with sanctions – that’s how they destroyed the Soviet Union,” the Ukrainian foreign policy official asserted. This is how the Ukrainian politician answered questions from journalists about his attitude towards resolving the conflict in Donbass.
“I count on there being a rise in pressure on Russia, a reinforcement of sanctions, and the destruction of the Russian economy … we all have a good example from our lifetime. There was the largest empire in the world that was destroyed by this means without a single shot,” the deputy minister told the TV channel NewsOne .
Tuk qualified that in addition to sanctions, other factors contributed to the destruction of the USSR, “including the arms race”.
The statement by the Ukrainian politician was later commented on by Sergei Tsekov, a member of the International Affairs Committee of the Federation Council (the Russian senate).
According to the Russian senator, the reason for the collapse of the USSR was not sanctions, but a lack of consolidation of society. “Yes, sanctions are a bad thing, but over the last four years we have shown the whole world that we have successfully faced them, restructured the economy, and advanced,” said Tsekov.
The Russian politician also stressed that the sanctions have hurt everyone, Ukraine being no exception.
“If we look at the economic losses of Ukraine over the past few years, they are several times larger than those of Russia,” he added.
Since April 2014, the Ukrainian government has carried out a military operation against the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), which declared their independence from Ukraine following the coup in Kiev in February 2014.
Following the escalation of the crisis in Ukraine, Western countries imposed sanctions against Moscow, accusing Russia of illegally reintegrating the Crimea and intervening in the conflict in Donbass. The Russian side, on the other hand, has pointed out that Crimea’s reunification took place in a legal manner, in accordance with international law, through a referendum.