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Putin in 2008 called Ukraine "mistake of history", - Lithuanian Foreign Minister

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Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to dissuade the alliance from cooperating with Ukraine at a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in 2008. This was told by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevicius at a conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, reports Ukrainska Pravda.
"President Putin, as usual, tried to teach NATO allies:" With whom do you cooperate[/img]

According to Linkevicius, representatives of NATO countries looked at Putin with bewilderment.
“They could not believe these words, they thought that maybe something was not understood,” he added.

We recall that at the summit in Bucharest, which took place on April 2-4, 2008, the countries - members of the alliance officially confirmed that Ukraine will become a member of the bloc in the future.
On the agenda at that time were questions about recognizing Kosovo, military operations in Afghanistan, expanding the Alliance by joining Croatia, Albania and Macedonia, as well as joining Ukraine and Georgia to the Action Plan regarding NATO membership. In the media, this collection was named "a summit of high hopes" and "big scandals."
According to the Russian newspaper Kommersant, at this summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed to George Bush an opinion that "Ukraine is not even a state!" and hinted that if Ukraine joins NATO, Russia may begin to tear away the Crimea and eastern Ukraine.
Six years later, Russian armed aggression against Ukraine began.
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