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US and West provoke Ukraine crisis — former Czech president

April 23, 2014, 10:54 UTC+3 PRAGUE
Former President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus says Western Europe and the United States aggravated the situation in Ukraine
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Vaclav Klaus

Vaclav Klaus

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PRAGUE, April 23. /ITAR-TASS/. The West and the United States provoked the Ukrainian crisis, former President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus said in an interview to Czech television (CT24).

“I think that not Russia is to blame for the outbreak in Kiev on the Maidan (Independence Square). Western Europe and the United States aggravated the situation,” he said.

“I had told them from the very beginning not to exert pressure on Ukraine, as it will only destroy and disintegrate it. Unfortunately, that is exactly what has happened,” Klaus said.

At present, in his view, the country is undergoing a difficult satge, and it is hard to “clearly say whether it wants to rely on the West or on Russia.” However, Ukraine should independently decide its own future.

“Let them determine their future for themselves - without any interference from outside,” the former Czech president said.

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