MOSCOW, April 9. /TASS/. A senior Russian foreign affairs expert on Thursday blamed Ukrainian authorities for dragging the country’s population into an anti-Russian campaign making rupture with its neighbour historically irreversible.
"Grassroots xenophobia planted in Ukraine has born powerful fruit," wrote International Affairs committee head Konstantin Kosachev on the Federation Council upper house website.
"A European future in Ukraine for some reason has a manifest ’odour’ of the past," he noted, regretting that "children are being actively drawn into this insanity".
Initiators of the anti-Russian campaign did not believe Russia posed a real threat but rather wanted to legitimize breakup with Russia in the wake of a militaristic haze making it irreversible, the message declared.
A sizable part of the Ukrainian population found itself under "an informational coma... and large-scale hysterical solidarity", Kosachev said.
"In this situation it is quite easy to force through the Rada [Ukraine's parliament] or a referendum practically any issue - accession to NATO, cancellation of Victory Day, a ban on Communist ideology and any parties, even canonization of participants in punitive operations," he wrote.