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Putin in 2008 called Ukraine "mistake of history," - Lithuanian Foreign Minister

Russian President urged NATO not to cooperate with Ukraine
17:26, 8 December 2018

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Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to dissuade the alliance from cooperating with Ukraine at a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in 2008. This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius at a conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, reports Ukrainska Pravda.

"President Putin, as usual, tried to teach the NATO allies: 'With whom do you cooperate? With Ukraine? This is not a country, it is some kind of artificial formation, a mistake in history," the Lithuanian minister quoted the Russian president.

According to Linkevičius, representatives of NATO countries looked at Putin with bewilderment.

“They could not believe these words, they thought that maybe something was not understood,” he added.

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We recall that at the summit in Bucharest, which took place on April 2-4, 2008, the countries - members of the alliance officially confirmed that Ukraine will become a member of the bloc in the future.

At that time, questions about recognizing Kosovo, military operations in Afghanistan, expanding the Alliance by joining Croatia, Albania and Macedonia, as well as joining Ukraine and Georgia to the Action Plan regarding NATO membership were on the agenda. According to the Russian newspaper Kommersant, at this summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed to George Bush an opinion that "Ukraine is not even a state!" and hinted that if Ukraine joins NATO, Russia may begin to tear away Crimea and eastern Ukraine.

Six years later, Russian armed aggression against Ukraine began.

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Cees Boogaart

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9 December 2018, 00:18
The ethnonym "[[Russian]]" was fixed later - only at the end of the century, when [[Empress Catherine II]] of "the highest command" [[Moscow]] ordered the people called "[[Russian people]]" and forbade them to use the title of "[Muscovites]]".
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Cees Boogaart

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9 December 2018, 00:17
If so then why in 1721 Muscovy (founded 1283 approx.) stole from Ukraine which was already named as such in 1187, it's name (Kyvian/Ukraine) RUS and it's history ?? The name of the [[Grand Duchy of Moscow]], changed for [[Russia]] by [[Tsar Peter I]] in the early 18th century. The goal of this change was to establish a connection between [[Muscovy]] and medieval state of [[Kievan Rus']], thus claiming the right of [[Moscow]] to possess all the lands of [[Rus']]. [[Muscovy]] was officially renamed by Russian imperial decree in 1721. To put it CLEARLY : Russia never was, is, will be a country with center in Moscow, thats MUSCOVY. Today whats called "russia" is in fact RF, russian federation, a unvoluntary federation of 85 parts, of which one (Muscovy) is the parasite !!!
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