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    Czech ex-president, Vaclav Klaus, believes that the current situation in the world is the biggest geopolitical fracture in the last quarter of a century and a return to the Cold War.

    PRAGUE, January 4 (Sputnik) — Destabilization of the situation in Russia is disadvantageous for the Western countries, former Czech President Vaclav Klaus stated Sunday.

    "The West and America, as well as some of our [Czech] "revolutionaries" are stupid when they think it is in our interests to destabilize Russia and create chaos there. It is enough that Ukraine is destabilized," Klaus told Prima TV channel.

    The ex-president also assessed the current situation in the world as the biggest geopolitical fracture in the last quarter of a century and a return to the Cold War.

    According to Klaus, Ukraine is one of the least successful post-communist countries, where there was no consistent transformation, so the state actually does not function, GDP per capita remains at 25-year low, and the country is ethnically divided.

    The former president gave his remarks amid the deteriorating situation in Ukraine, where a military operation was launched by Kiev in mid-April 2014 against independence supporters in Donetsk and Luhansk.

    The tensions between Russia and the West have deteriorated as following Crimea’s reunification with Russia, the United States and its allies have introduced several rounds of sanctions over Russia’s alleged involvement in the Ukrainian crisis — claims repeatedly denied by Moscow. The restrictive measures target Russia’s defense, banking and energy sectors.

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