“We, the dissidents, were always sure that the Soviet Union would collapse. Unlike all the “Sovietologists” of the world, we believed, we knew… It was clear that the regime, which uses all your forces to get so many millions of people under And in all our scenarios, Ukraine was always a critical point: everything started in Eastern Europe , people began to rebel… And from when it came to Ukraine, as soon as Ukraine seceded, the Soviet Union was over. This is how we imagined ourselves,” Shcharanskyi said.
He believes that everything happened “more or less like that”. Now, the politician notes, in Putin’s counter-scenario about the restoration of the empire, Ukraine is deteriorating, and from the beginning it has played a critical role.
According to Shcharansky, Putin personally tells about his acquaintance, who considers Catherine II, Peter I and the Secretary General of the USSR Joseph Stalin to be great people and believes that now their “great mission” rests on him – “Restoration of a great state”. According to Araansky, Putin felt as if he had this mission during the war with Georgia, when he “saw that it remains.” After that he looked for the right moment
“And such a moment of obvious weakness of the West came when [експрезидент США Барак] Obama set a red line on what Syria can do and what it can’t do, that if it uses chemical weapons – that’s it, that’s the end – and then he broke his word and didn’t dare to go to war with Syria,” Sharanskyi said.
After that, drawing Sharansky’s attention, Putin did two things: he created a military base in Syria and established full control over its airspace, as well as annexed Crimea and made sure that the West’s reaction to such things “even if there is one, is what he can endure.” “This was the first stage of his war with Ukraine,” instead of politics.
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Sharansky said that he met with Putin several times. In my opinion, over time, Putin decided that he did not need any of his recognition, because politicians came and went in different countries, and he remained in his position.