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MOSCOW, June 18. /ITAR-TASS/. Almost a quarter of a century after the fall of the Berlin Wall the incumbent Ukrainian authorities have taken a decision “to install engineering structures” along the entire perimeter of the Ukrainian-Russian border.
At the beginning of this month, business tycoon Ihor Kolomoyskyi went as far as to recommend the construction of a 1,920 kilometer-long wall along the border.
Russian experts say they are dumbfounded by the deficit of relevance, responsibility and professionalism of the decisions taken in Kiev.
Tuesday, the Verkhovna Rada, the national parliament issued recommendation to the government to take within a month “a decision on suspending the operations of checkpoints on the along the land-surface section of the border with Russia, which will be upgraded and equipped in line with specifications for the outer borders of the European Union.”
President Petro Poroshenko said EU and US aid would be needed to step up controls at the state border.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier he was awaiting explanations from Kiev over the decision to shut the border, while the Speaker of the upper house of Russian parliament, the Federation Council, Valentina Matviyenko, said the motion offered one more testimony to the incompetence and irresponsibility of the crew holding the reins of power in Kiev.
“Any arbitrary actions taken without mutual consent of the sides are fraught with armed conflicts or even a full-blown war,” said Andrei Klimov, a deputy chairman of foreign policy committee at the Federation Council, the upper house of parliament.
“Ever since Russia and China fixed their 4,200 km-long border moving one meter after another, there are no problems in Russian-Chinese relations,” Klimov said. “And recall that less than half a century ago the conflict on Damansky Island in the Far East brought about the largest armed clashes in the history of Soviet-Chinese relations.”
“It’s a totally reckless business to multiply the potential hotbeds of tensions, the way Kiev is doing it now,” he said.
“As for the plight of dozens of thousands of refugees from the East of Ukraine to Russia, the Ukrainian government is, in fact, engaging in ethnic cleansing of the country’s population,” Klimov said.
“As it is pushing the native speakers of Russian out of the country, Ukrainian government would like to block the pathways for return home to the citizens who don’t support the authorities.”
“For any responsible politician, people and their welfare are always the top priority and the fact the Verkhovna Rada’s decision on closing the borders and on introducing the travel visas affects immediately the five to six million Ukrainians working in Russia characterizes the regime of Ukraine’s “popular deputies” as anti-popular stooges.”
“These force pursue the goal of spoiling the relations between Russia and Ukraine as far as possible, digging a moat between them and putting up a wall between them, as well as suppressing protests in the East and South of the country with the aid of terror,” he said.
“In the meantime, speakers of Russia make up 65% of Ukraine’s population (Crimea not included), or in fact, its majority and this means Kiev is seeking to suppress while it is drawing support from the outside.”
“As Kiev is preparing to close the border with Russia, it is simultaneously trying to isolate the anti-fascist movement in the Donetsk Coalfields Area with support from the West and this, in turn, lays the groundwork for a rebirth of neo-Nazism in Ukraine,” Dr. Markov said.
“Moscow will never agree to the unilateral demarcation of the state border by Ukraine,” Major-General Alexei Kondaurov, a member of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policies.
“This process should be conducted only upon mutual consent and as for Kiev’s intention to ignore Moscow’s consent doesn’t match international law,” he said. “Lawsuits with international courts on behalf of Russia will follow and this means all of that is fraught with a still bigger deterioration of relations between Russia and Ukraine.”
“In the meantime, the telephone conversation that the Russian and Ukrainian Presidents had overnight to Tuesday inspires the hope that they will be able to lift the tensions in relations between the two countries and the conflict will not go as far as the shutting of the border and introduction of visas,” Kondaurov said.
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