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    Ukraine Will Not Remain an Integral Country - Former Czech President

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    Former Czech president Vaclav Klaus doesn't believe Ukraine will remain an integral country after Kiev launched a military operation in the country's southeast that claimed thousands of lives.

    The United States, as well as European politicians, has started the Ukrainian conflict, while Russia was forced to react, former president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, told an Austrian newspaper Tiroler Tageszeitung.

    "I belong to the minority of politicians, journalists and intellectuals, who believe that the pressure came from the West. From this point of view, Russia is not guilty. Russian actions were, in my opinion, a reaction, a forced move," he said.

    According to Klaus, it was the US, who provoked the Ukrainian conflict by financing the Maidan's organization through NGOs. The fact that Maidan lasted so long was not only due to the popularity of the movement, but mostly because it was organized by the West, he notes.

    Klaus has also said that the Cold War has already been going on and its price is too high.

    Czech ex-president sees no exit from the Ukrainian crisis. Klaus critized Ukrainian authorities because they have not initiated any essential negotiations and are seeking to resolve the conflict by force, including foreign one.

    The politician emphasized that Ukraine has always been a "fragile and divided country." Former Czech leader doesn't believe Ukraine will remain being an integral country after "all those victims and destruction."


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