General: Russia invaded Crimea to keep the navy base

Annexation of Crimea

The main reason for the armed aggression of Russia against Ukraine was striving by all means to keep the Black Sea Fleet base of Russia in Crimea. This opinion was offered by Lieutenant General Reserve Vilen Martirosyan.

“Russia had to keep at any cost the Black Sea Fleet. So when it became clear that Ukraine was on the way to the European integration, the Russians understood that they would be forced to withdraw the entire Black Sea Fleet from Crimea. And they knew: once the Russians go, the Americans come,” he said.

Responding to a question why the Kremlin is not satisfied with the annexation of Crimea and launch the war on Donbass, Martirosyan said: “Sometimes leadership does not understand what it does”. In his opinion, Russia had to stop at the stage of the annexation of Crimea.

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