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Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed that he has a negative attitude towards the idea of the President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, to exclude Russians from the list of “indigenous peoples” in Ukraine.
“Of course, it is negative, and how could my position be otherwise,” Putin said in an interview with journalist Pavel Zarubin on “Russia 1” channel, in response to a question about his position.
Putin noted that it is necessary to remember how Ukraine emerged as a state “it is a product of the Soviet period. The Bolsheviks, who made the Soviet Union, created Ukraine among the republics.”
Putin continued: “It can be remembered that these lands became part of the Russian state or that the process of their reunification with Russia began in 1654. Then these people who lived in these lands, and today they are three regions, so what can we consider these people who describe themselves as Russians and Orthodox.
Putin stressed that all this is present and documented in documents, and that these documents are in the Russian archives.
Regarding the idea of dividing the people into indigenous people and so on, Putin added, “This is absolutely unacceptable and does not comply with any of the rules of international humanitarian law.”
“There are global issues, issues of an international character, and we believe that every party has the right to discuss issues of this kind, including Ukraine. But first of all, it is necessary to resolve the problematic issues of bilateral relations.”