Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, Vladislav Surkov, from the end of 2013, was the curator of the unrecognized Donetsk and Luhansk republics, but resigned in February 2020, because "the context has changed." He said this in an interview with the Russian news agency of ‘Actual Comments.’
“I mainly dealt with Donbas and Ukraine. The context has changed, let’s say so. That is, in the end, I had to continue to deal with them. But the context has changed ...” - he said.
Surkov also said that he was proud of his political participation in the Donbas conflict.
"I have spent a long time on domestic politics, but in 2013, it was time to leave. I left. But then I returned to the civil service. There were reasons. And also because I got a unique opportunity to choose a project myself. I chose Ukraine. I am proud to be a participant," the former assistant to Putin noted.
He also spoke about his negative attitude towards Ukraine, Ukrainians and Ukrainian culture, while clarifying that he is a "ukroptimist."
"There is no Ukraine. There are Ukrainians. That is a specific disorder of minds. A fascination with ethnography is brought to extremes. There is a welter instead of a state. There is borsch, Bandera, a bandura. But there is no nation. I believe that Ukraine does not exist yet. But with time it is all “So it will be,” Surkov said.
According to him, relations with Ukraine were never simple for Russia, even when Ukraine was part of the USSR. And the only method that has historically proven its effectiveness in the Ukrainian direction is force coercion towards fraternal relations.
As we reported before, Assistant to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Vladislav Surkov, almost stopped his work in the Ukrainian direction after the Zelensky’s victory in the presidential election in Ukraine