“To change the sign to get the same thing”: how Russia reacted to Ukraine’s independence

The first President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk said that an all-Ukrainian referendum of 1991, no country in the world did not recognize Ukraine, despite the Declaration of independence. Even less enthusiasm was in Russia. Even after the collapse of the USSR in Moscow had plans for the preservation of the Union, and the CIS was to become the primary tool for this.

As told by ex-foreign Minister Volodymyr Ohryzko reporters 24 channel in the program “Independence. As it was,” Russian President Boris Yeltsin suggested that what determines the independence of the state, was under common control, although in fact, Moscow.

“This meant that the army, security, foreign policy and Finance – single. Yeltsin decided to just change the sign to get the same,” – said Ogryzko.

However, even after the failure of the idea with the CIS, the Kremlin leaders refused attempts to leave Ukraine in the orbit of Russia. Leonid Kravchuk remembered the conversation with the first President of Russia Boris Yeltsin on the subject. First, the President stressed that Russia has never raised the question of whether to let Ukraine into the free swimming.


Boris Yeltsin and Leonid Kravchuk

Kravchuk also told how when-that Yeltsin asked him: “do You believe that Ukraine will go its own way and will focus on European values?”. He replied: “Boris Nikolaevich, we signed a document which says that each nation determines its own domestic and foreign policy.”

This Yeltsin said, “Well, it’s written there, and how much we had in common in history.” And showed a draft document that is submitted for approval to the state Duma. One of his points was: “Ukraine was, is and will be in the strategic interests of Russia,” – said Kravchuk.

Interesting! About how Ukraine started your own way 25 years ago: interesting facts about the referendum of 1991 year – read here.

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