MOSCOW, September 29. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin said addressing issues of the former Soviet Republics through the so-called coloured revolutions is unacceptable.
"Here is what I believe is completely unacceptable for us," Putin told US journalist Charlie Rose in an interview with CBS and PBS. "Addressing issues, including controversial ones, as well as domestic issues of the former Soviet Republics through the so-called coloured revolutions, through coups and unconstitutional means of toppling the current government. That is absolutely unacceptable."
Putin noted that Russia’s actions in Syria were not aimed at diverting attention from Ukraine.
"As for Ukraine, it is a special issue," Putin said. "Ukraine is the closest country to us. We have always said that Ukraine is our sister country and it is true. It is not just a Slavic people, it is the closest people to Russia: we have similar languages, culture, common history, religion etc."
The president noted that "our partners in the United States are not trying to hide the fact that they supported those opposed to President Yanukovych." "Some claimed to have spent nearly several billion dollars," Putin added.