Sat Jun 6, 2015 9:18AM
Russian President Vladimir Putin says that the conflict in Ukraine was deliberately manufactured by “unprofessional actions” of the West, which he referred to as “our partner.”
“I believe that this (Ukraine) crisis was created deliberately and it is the result of our partner’s unprofessional actions,” Putin said in a Saturday interview with Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera ahead of his visit to the European country.
The remarks by the Russian president came amid allegations by the West that the Kremlin has been meddling in Ukraine’s domestic affairs and backing theindependence fighters in the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, where Kiev initiated a military operation in April, 2014 against pro-Russia forces.
The Ukrainian crisis began in 2014 when pro- European Union (EU) forces, including Western-backed radical nationalists, ousted then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych after he refused to sign an association agreement with the EU.
Following the appointment of a new pro-Western leadership in Kiev…
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