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Putin: Ukraine opposition lacks understanding or acts as cover for extremists

December 02, 2013, 21:26 UTC+3 YEREVAN

In his opinion, the events in Kiev look more like pogroms rather than revolution

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YEREVAN, December 02, 20:31 /ITAR-TASS/. The Ukrainian opposition does not understand what is happening in the country or it acts as a cover for extremist activities, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

“The opposition either cannot always control events or serves as some sort of political cover for extremist actions,” he said at a press conference in Yerevan on Monday, December 2.

He thinks that the current events in Kiev were most likely prepared for the presidential election of 2015, not for now. “This is an internal political process, an attempt by the opposition to rock the legitimate, and I want to stress this, system of power in the country. Moreover, what is happening there now suggests that this is not a revolution but well prepared actions, and I think these actions were prepared not for today but for the presidential election campaign to be held in March or at least in the spring of 2015,” Putin said.

In his opinion, the events in Kiev look more like pogroms rather than revolution. “As for events in Ukraine, they remind me more of pogroms, not of a revolution,” he said.

“Strange as it may seem, I think, this has little to do with relations between Ukraine and the European Union,” the president added.

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