23 February 2015 ~ 23:39
The Russian leader has described the intention of Kyiv to regain control of the annexed Autonomous Republic of Crimea as of a “revanchist character.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected the possibility of war with Ukraine, calling such a scenario apocalyptic.
“I think that this apocalyptic scenario is hardly possible, and I hope it never comes,” Putin was quoted as saying by the BBC’s Russian Service.
At the same time, according to the Russian leader, the Ukrainian authorities must “establish relations” with the residents of the Donbas.
“The leadership of such a large European country as Ukraine, first of all, must return the country to normalcy, to adjust the economy and social sphere, to establish their relations with the “southeast” of the country in a civilized manner, to ensure the legitimate rights and interests of the people who live in the Donbas,” said Putin.
Commenting on the statement of Ukrainian President Poroshenko on his intention to return Russian-annexed Crimea, Putin stressed these were, in his opinion, “things of a revanchist character.”
Recall that on February 23, Poroshenko said that Ukraine had begun work on the return of Russian-annexed Crimea.