February 13, 2017 – Fort Russ News
MID.ru – Translated by Kristina Kharlova
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia G. B. Karasin responded to a media question in connection with the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with Ukraine
Question: February 14th marks 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations with Ukraine. How would you characterize this period when today our relations are going through quite a difficult stage?
Karasin: Indeed, on February 14, 1992, 25 years ago we established diplomatic relations between the Russian Federation and Ukraine. However, under current circumstances, we don’t expect a celebration and joint events on this occasion.
Over this period our relationship went through a lot, but in general, it developed progressively, and until recently there was very positive dynamics. The legal base had more than 250 bilateral interstate and intergovernmental agreements in almost all areas of cooperation. At the top level there was cooperation between border regions. Trade and economic ties were actively developing. Numerous joint projects in various sectors of economy, in education, culture, science, high technologies were developed and successfully implemented. In the sphere of military and military-technical cooperation the Russian-Ukrainian political dialogue at the highest level was characterized by frankness and trust. [Another reason why Ukraine was a big prize for the US, as an integral part of the Russian military-industrial complex – FR]
However, after the so-called Euromaidan protests and the subsequent military coup in Kiev in the spring of 2014 the new Ukrainian government, often incited from the outside, went haywire with their rabid Russophobia. Everything positive that was painstakingly created by our peoples not only in previous years, but for centuries was systematically destroyed. The current regime in Kiev without regard to the opinion of its own citizens, without the slightest reverence to common history, cultural and spiritual values simply cut the “living”, chopping off all the threads, firmly binding our two countries and peoples.
“Under the knife” goes everything that somehow reminds of Russia: language, education, culture, the joint history, trade, industry. Bilateral agreements are denounced, sister-city relationships between cities and regions are severed, there are bans on the use of Russian language, on the distribution of Russian films, books, media, any joint projects are folded to the detriment of their own interests. In such conditions we cannot expect a fruitful cooperation.
However, Russia believes that Kiev, in the end, will recover from the “orange virus” and the Russophobic hysteria will give way to healthy pragmatism and a commitment to constructive cooperation. We believe that Ukraine will eventually turn into a thriving, predictable and stable state living in peace and harmony with their neighbors. Moscow is open for dialogue and cooperation with adequate Ukrainian politicians who are ready to restore the close and mutually beneficial relations among the brotherly people.