Ex-President: even though Russia was gifted Crimea, it would still attack Ukraine

Annexation of Crimea

The first President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk thinks that the Russian aggression against Ukraine is not linked to the Crimean issue.

“Of course, there are a lot of people in Russia obsessive of Crimea and Sevastopol. If the peninsula was Russian, they might have calmed down. But there is one nuance. If Crimea was given Russia voluntarily, the Kremlin’s policy towards Ukraine would be the same,” said Kravchuk in comments to journalists.

According to the former President, Moscow is not satisfied with the mere fact of Ukraine’s independence, its European choice, as well as the prospect of Ukraine joining NATO. “It’s three points which lie at the heart of Russian politics. These are the questions which define aggression of this policy. Crimea is only one of the components,” said Kravchuk.

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