The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, published a column entitled "Putin’s desire for a new Russian empire won’t stop with Ukraine" in Guardian.
In it, he pointed out that there are three things to understand what drives Russia and Vladimir Putin.
The first is "the Russian world," according to him, this is a philosophy that dates back to the Soviet era. Central to it is the belief that Ukraine is part of a large Russia.
According to him, Russia's desire for hegemony does not end only in Ukraine. The Minister noted that this applies to other former states and satellites of the Soviet Union, and in a broader sense, the Russian Federation seeks to destabilize the situation in the rest of Europe.
The second factor is a hybrid war, which was widely represented with the annexation of Crimea and the invasion of Donbas.
Klimkin writes that in this kind of warfare modern technologies are fully used. The minister noted that the hybrid war went further than just television and the Internet.
And third, Russia can not be trusted.
"The Ukraine government is fundamentally different, but we understand the mindset of the Kremlin leadership: Russia, as any diplomat who has dealt with the Kremlin will tell you, respects only power and should only be negotiated with from a position of strength and international solidarity," Klimkin writes.