“I do not understand why some people are so blind when they talk about the causes of the Ukrainian crisis. Neither do I understand [the position of] the United States, some of Western Europe and Poland, who want — after splitting up Ukraine, which they have succeeded in doing – to split Russia, and undo a decade’s worth of development. This is a large and unforgivable risk,” Klaus told Polish journalists as cited by the online newspaper Ceske Noviny.
Last Sunday, Klaus said in a televised interview that destabilization in Russia was disadvantageous for Western countries, and described the current situation as the biggest geopolitical fracture over the past two decades, saying there was a rollback to the Cold War.
Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated over the crisis in Ukraine, as the West has accused Russia of allegedly meddling in the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, claims repeatedly denied by Moscow. The United States and its allies introduced several rounds of sanctions targeting Russia’s defense, banking and energy sectors.