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Turning Ukraine into hostile country is a crime against Russia - Alexei Navalny

Turning Ukraine into hostile country is a crime against Russia - Alexei NavalnyIt is important for Putin that a nation that has conducted an anti-criminal revolution was defeated, lies in ruins, and never becomes a role model for Russian citizens, Putin’s most formidable rival, Russian pro-democratic activist Alexei Navalny said about Ukrainian issue.

This is reported by Bloomberg.

When asked how would he resolve the conflict in Ukraine, had he became Russian president, Alexei Navalny said: "The issue of Donbass can be solved—just implement the Minsk agreement."

Navalny states that Russian-Ukrainian conflict is harming Russia's international relations for only Putin's benefit.

"The fact that Putin turned Ukraine into a hostile country is a crime against Russia. Look, there are 45 million people in Ukraine, and most of them hate us. There is already a whole bunch of countries—the Baltics, Poland, half of Eastern Europe—that are skeptical about us. It is important for him that a nation that has conducted an anti-criminal revolution was defeated, lies in ruins, and never becomes a role model for Russian citizens."

However, Navalny doesn't believe that Crimean issue is unresolvable by now.

"The Crimean issue is now in the category of unresolvable territorial disputes, of which there are plenty around the world. Look at Israel. There have been loads of Security Council resolutions, loads of peace conferences, zillions of books written about ways to achieve a peace settlement, but the problem is still there and unlikely to be resolved anytime soon. What can we do with Crimea, now that everyone there has been issued Russian passports?" he said.

He also belives that Russia ought to focus on its own inner problems.

"As for foreign policy, I believe that the country’s power in the international arena directly depends on its economic might. When we have 20 million people living below the poverty line, what kind of greatness can we talk about? At the moment, our foreign policy consists of two things—exercising the right of veto in the [United Nations] Security Council and those hybrid operations [as in Ukraine] Putin keeps undertaking.

"look at the map of Russia—why should we talk about annexing other lands, when we have so much land already?.. Take something like the Smolensk region. It looks abandoned, with roads falling apart and depopulated villages. Putin has closed 22,000 schools, half of them in rural areas. We keep receiving a lot of money from oil and gas exports. We can still boast high educational standards. We are a country that still makes good money. President Navalny will channel all these resources, and his own time, toward resolving Russia’s internal problems, toward improving people’s lives," Alexei Navalny said.
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