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Putin says West's goal is to tear historical regions away from Russia

The Russian leader emphasized that it was nurtured in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, it was nurtured by Poland and other countries

MOSCOW, February 21. /TASS/. The West's project to create an "anti-Russia," which is now being implemented in Ukraine, aims to tear away from Russia the historical regions that are now called Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin said in his State of the Nation Address to the Federal Assembly on Tuesday.

The project to create an "anti-Russia" that the West is now implementing in Ukraine is "not new," Putin stressed. "Let me reiterate that in the 1930s, the West actually paved the way for the Nazis to come to power in Germany, and now they have started to turn Ukraine into an anti-Russia. The project, in fact, is not new. People who know even the least bit of history know perfectly well, this project goes back to the 19th century," the Russian president noted.

"It was nurtured in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, [it was nurtured] by Poland and other countries with one goal: to tear away from our country these historical territories, which today are called Ukraine. This is what this goal is all about, there is nothing new here, no novelty, everyone repeats things," the president stressed.

According to Putin, the West expedited this project by "supporting the 2014 coup" in Ukraine. "After all, the coup was bloody, anti-state, anti-constitutional, but it was as if nothing had happened, as if this is the way," the president pointed out. "They even reported how much money was spent on it.