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Russian top security official: Kiev should not wait for military assistance from US

September 15, 2015, 14:31 UTC+3 ARKHANGELSK

The current situation in south-eastern Ukraine demonstrates that official Kiev is not going to recognize the DPR and LPR, Nikolay Patrushev says

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ARKHANGELSK, September 15./TASS/. Kiev should not wait for military assistance from the US, as Washington does not need success of Ukraine in that sphere or in the economy, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev said on Tuesday.

"As for military assistance to Ukraine, I believe it should not reckon on it," he told reporters. "Washington does not need military successes of Ukraine or economic prosperity of the country," he added.

"The war unleashed by Kiev gives Washington a possibility to radically influence the policy of European Union countries, demonstrating its exclusiveness in the settlement of any issues in any region of the globe," the secretary of the Russian Security Council said.

Thus, the White House "underlines Europe’s dependence in making decisions on the international agenda, while through sanctions it attempts to break down Russia, which pursues an independent domestic and foreign policy," he added.

US seeking dissolution of Ukraine through splitting nations

Patrushev noted that the United States’ true goal is to split peoples living in Ukraine which will lead to the country’s breakup into several parts.

"The goal of Washington’s policy is to destroy the unity of the Russian and Ukrainian peoples and also divide peoples living in Ukraine igniting nationalist mood against the ethnic groups - Russians, Romanians, Hungarians, Poles and others, what may result in Ukraine’s breakup into several parts," Patrushev said.

He stressed that the US has "rich experience in the issues of destroying unified states," citing as example the former Yugoslavia, in the western Balkans, which broke up into six countries in the 1990s.

"The multi-ethnic state, which used to be powerful, is today split into several small countries that cannot conduct independent foreign policy," Patrushev said.

"Washington attempts to take similar steps also in North Africa and the Middle East," he added.

Kiev may use any pretext to sabotage Minsk agreements

According to the official, Kiev may use any pretext to continue to sabotage the Minsk-2 package on Ukrainian settlement.

"I think that [Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko] is hushing up a fourth scenario of developments, under which Kiev will sabotage the implementation of the Minsk agreements using any pretext for that," he told journalists.

Patrushev cited the Ukrainian president as saying that some political forces were suggesting three scenarios of the development of the situation in south-eastern Ukraine. The first one provided for the ‘liberation’ of Donbas to be followed by a campaign against Moscow. The second one was to accept that Ukraine had lost Donbas, and the third one was to completely implement the Minsk agreements. "I don’t think it is worth dwelling on why all the three are unrealistic," Patrushev said.

"The current situation in south-eastern Ukraine demonstrates that official Kiev is not going to recognize the DPR and LPR [the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics]. It repeatedly violates the Minsk agreements, playing footsie to anti-Russian moods, flirting with Ukrainian neo-Nazis supported by Washington," he said.

The Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine comprising senior representatives from Russia, Ukraine and the European security watchdog OSCE on February 12, 2015, signed a 13-point Package of Measures to fulfill the September 2014 Minsk agreements. The package was agreed with the leaders of the Normandy Four, namely Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine).

The Package of Measures, known as Minsk-2, envisaged a ceasefire between Ukrainian government forces and people’s militias in the self-proclaimed republic in Donetsk and Luhansk starting from February 15 and subsequent withdrawal of heavy weapons from the line of engagement. The deal also laid out a roadmap for a lasting settlement in Ukraine, including local elections and constitutional reform to give more autonomy to the war-torn eastern regions.

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