‘The American partners appealed to us and asked us to do everything, and I say almost literal request, to make Yanukovych not to employ the army to allow the opposition to free the squares, administrative buildings and proceeded to the fulfillment of the reached agreements on the normalization of the situation’, Russian president said.
According to Putin, Russia agreed and ‘the coup d’état took place in Ukraine in a day’.
‘They should call, do something or say a word at least. They should at least say – you know, there is such notion as the excessive act – we did not want this but the events moved in such way but we will do everything to return them in the legal framework. There was no word, conversely, there was the complete support of those who committed 'the coup d’état’, Putin claimed.
At the same time, Russia’s president noted that he is not disappointed with U.S. President Donald Trump with whom it is possible to agree and look for compromises.
‘I am disappointed not with my partner but with the system. It is impossible to not be disappointed because it shows the obvious inefficiency and that system is eating itself. It is quite difficult to interact with such system because it is unpredictable’, Putin emphasized.
Yanukovych was elected as the president of Ukraine in 2010. On February 22, 2014, after three months of protests on Maidan, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine recognized him as self-removed from the post and not fulfilling his commitments and then new presidential election was announced. The same month Yanukovych escaped to Russia.
Yanukovych is suspected in the state treason and his case is considered in Kyiv. The questioning of Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine took place on February 21. He was a witness from the side of the prosecution. Also, the president of Ukraine mentioned many issues that can be found in the key-points of his testimony.