Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, have no desire to "grab" a part of Ukraine for themselves, since the Russian Federation is already the largest state in the world. This was announced to Russia by the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, the video is available on YouTube.
"Putin, Russia has no desire to cut a piece of Ukraine from the East Why Russia has the largest territory in the world," said the Kazakh leader. In this regard, Nazarbayev also recalled the declaration of the former president of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, who stated that "Russia is a continent that pretends to be a country, it is a civilization that pretends to be a nation" .
Nazarbayev expressed hope that in 2019 the problems in relations between Russia and Ukraine will be resolved. "I will not hide, I also worry about Ukraine I studied there (Nazarbayev graduated from vocational school in Dneprodzerzhinsk (now Kamenskoe) – about. "Lenta.ru"), I know the Ukrainians, my friends are still preserved. People, as they say, are ours. We understand each other, understand the soul, sing the same songs, the same jokes, our conversations. I really want to restore the relationship between Russia and Ukraine. And this means with all of us ", added the President of Kazakhstan.
Relations between Moscow and Kiev deteriorated abruptly at the beginning of 2014, against the background of the conflict in Donbas, as well as the entry of Crimea into Russia. The Ukrainian authorities consider the self-proclaimed popular republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, which control part of the territories in the east of the country, the territories occupied by Russia. Moreover, Kiev does not recognize as legitimate a referendum on the secession of Crimea from Ukraine and considers the peninsula a territory annexed by Russia.