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Russia: ‘We are the same people’ - Putin discusses relations with Ukraine

Russian Federation, Moscow
February 21, 2020 at 13:20 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke about Ukraine in the second episode of an interview series ‘20 Questions with Vladimir Putin’, released by TASS news agency on Friday.

The Russian leader started by saying that despite the problems between Kiev and Moscow, the two countries were able to agree on a prisoner swap and to sign a gas transit deal. He hoped the relations would further improve with the help of his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

Putin stated he believed Russian and Ukrainians were one people, but stressed that he respected people who consider their Ukrainian identity important. He added that some foreign players were attempting to drive a wedge between the two countries' relations to weaken them.

He also discussed the separation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church from the Moscow Patriarchate, explaining it was another example of efforts to undermine the historic bond between Russia and Ukraine.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke about Ukraine in the second episode of an interview series ‘20 Questions with Vladimir Putin’, released by TASS news agency on Friday.

The Russian leader started by saying that despite the problems between Kiev and Moscow, the two countries were able to agree on a prisoner swap and to sign a gas transit deal. He hoped the relations would further improve with the help of his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

Putin stated he believed Russian and Ukrainians were one people, but stressed that he respected people who consider their Ukrainian identity important. He added that some foreign players were attempting to drive a wedge between the two countries' relations to weaken them.

He also discussed the separation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church from the Moscow Patriarchate, explaining it was another example of efforts to undermine the historic bond between Russia and Ukraine.

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