“Crimea is Only the First Step”: Former Putin Adviser

More information : Putin may consider himself Tsar of a new Russian Empire. Interesting !!

The XX Committee

The Austrian daily Wiener Zeitung has published an illuminating interview about Ukraine and the Kremlin with Andrei Illarionov, a prominent Russian economist who served as Vladimir Putin’s top economic adviser from 2000 to 2005, as well as the Kremlin’s representative to the G-8. Illarionov’s comments are important, given his direct knowledge of Putin’s Kremlin, and deserve a wide audience. The interview, which includes troubling truths about Russia now, follows in toto.

“Crimea is Only the First Step”

Q: What are Putin’s intentions with regard to Crimea? 

A; The Russian Black Sea Fleet has its bases in Sevastopol in Crimea and Vladimir Putin wants to secure them. The Russian president fears that the new Ukrainian government may terminate the basing lease and let NATO use the ports.  In addition, he wants to bring the Russian and Russian-speaking population home into his empire. 

Q: A majority of the residents of Crimea voted…

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