Thinks West Supported Coup in Kiev to Justify
Existence of NATO
The president says the West continues to escalate
June 17, 2016 "Information
PETERSBURG, June 17. /TASS/. Russian President
Vladimir Putin thinks that the West supported the
coup in Ukraine to justify the existence of NATO.
"After the ‘Arab Spring’ they have already moved
closer to our borders. Why did they need to support
the coup in Ukraine? There is a complicated internal
political situation there, and the opposition that
is in power today would have most likely come to
power by democratic means, through elections, as
well. That’s it, we would have worked with them just
like we worked with the authorities before (former
Ukrainian) President (Viktor) Yanukovych," Putin
said on Friday at a plenary session at the St.
Petersburg International Economic Forum.
"No, they had to take it to the coup with victims,
to cause bloodshed, civil war, to intimidate the
Russian-speaking population in Ukraine’s south-east
and in Crimea. What for?" he asked adding that
Moscow "just had to take measures to protect certain
groups of population," he continued.
The president noted that the West continued to "spin
this spiral, to escalate." The Russian leader thinks
that such actions were dictated by the necessity "to
justify the very existence of the North Atlantic
Alliance. "They need an external enemy, an external
opponent - or why else would this organization be
needed?" Putin wondered. "There is no Warsaw Pact
anymore, no Soviet Union, whom are they (NATO)
against?" Putin wondered.
"If we continue to act in the framework of this
logic - escalate and build up efforts to intimidate
each other - we will soon come to the Cold War," he
said. "We have an absolutely different logic, it is
aimed at cooperation and search for compromises," he
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