I’ve never seen Vladimir Putin share his thoughts about the Ukraine with this much detail before. At least not with the international community. With the domestic audience; yes, but with the international community, this is very new.
Reading this essay, I couldn’t help but feel that Vladimir Putin is in some way extending an olive branch. I think the Ukrainian people would benefit greatly from a rapprochement with Russia.
Here’s a section of Vladimir Putin’s essay which I thought was very interesting. This was published less than 2 weeks ago and it is quite lengthy.
Ukraine and Russia have developed as a single economic system over decades and centuries. The profound cooperation we had 30 years ago is an example for the European Union to look up to. We are natural complementary economic partners. Such a close relationship can strengthen competitive advantages, increasing the potential of both countries.
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