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Crisis in Ukraine started with EU stray in Ukraine’s internal affairs - member of EP

March 26, 2014, 0:48 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, March 26, 0:26 /ITAR-TASS/. Crisis in Ukraine started with the European Union’s interference in internal affairs of Ukraine, member of the European Parliament Pino Arlacchi said in an interview with Itar-Tass. In his opinion, the European Union, supporting an uprising, failed to realize that Ukraine was a complicated country with a large part of it being pro-Russian with Russian-speaking population. Now Europe should recognize Crimea’s joining Russia, said the MP.

He said that supporting a soft revolution, the EU failed to consider the presence of fascist elements in the new cabinet. Five ministers have the Nazi past, and the EU overlooks this, the member of parliament noted.

Arlacchi said Europe should recognize Crimea’s separation from Ukraine just as in the past it recognized Kosovo’s independence from Serbia.

He has said the EU supported Kosovo’s separation from Serbia even when there were troops in Kosovo. And the troops were still there; 10,000 NATO troops were presently basing in Kosovo, he noted. Arlacchi said it was ludicrous saying that the Crimean referendum was null and void since Russian troops were present there. He stressed that the decision on the separation from Ukraine had been made by the overwhelming majority of Crimeans.

Regarding the sanctions of the US and the European Union against Russia, the member of the European Parliament said that the sanctions would affect Europeans themselves.

He said the stand of the European Union should be different from that of the United States; Europe must not insist on the prolongation of the sanctions; the sanctions are silly and are actually directed against Europeans themselves.

Arlacchi holds that there will be no further toughening of the sanctions by the European Union. He has said Europe has every reason to cooperate with Russia; there are no obstacles to that. The United States’ position is quite different, he added.

The member of the European Parliament is sure that the United States wishes to become a world government and it regards as an enemy any country that disagrees with this. He is sure that aggravated relations between Russia and the US will continue.

Arlacchi sees the way out of the political crisis in creating a federal state in Ukraine. He believes Ukraine must be a federal state located between Russia and the European Union and must pursue a neutral international policy, and this would help resolve the crisis.

According to Arlacchi’s estimates, most Ukrainians are against joining the European Union and particularly against joining NATO.

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