5 March 2014, 23:33

West was directly involved in Ukrainian crisis - Russian journalist Vladimir Pozner

West was directly involved in Ukrainian crisis - Russian journalist Vladimir Pozner

The West wasn’t an onlooker in the Ukrainian crisis but was directly involved in it, prominent Russian journalist and TV celebrity Vladimir Pozner told CNN. Many Russians think likewise, convinced that the West uses double standards towards Russia, he said.

Russia regards its actions in Crimea as a kind of rescue operation, Pozner said. He believes that the West has no moral right to accuse others of interfering in Ukraine.

Some Russians hold a different view and are saying it openly and there have even been protest actions to that effect, but the majority of Russians, if asked, will say that there has been no invasion, what’s more, they will say that the West uses double standards towards Russia and is trying to tear Ukraine away from Russia, pursuing its own goals whatever they are, Pozner said.

Many in Russia do not doubt that the West did have a part to play in the crisis by actually encouraging an anti-government coup, that the West did not stay aloof or was a mere onlooker but acted in the epicenter of the events, he went on.

Western countries kept sending their ministers who addressed crowds in Independence Square in Kiev, actually instigating them. In that way, the West actively influenced the situation, which leaves many Russians worrying, Pozner remarked.

He brushed off allegations of Russia trying to annex Crimea.

The future of Crimea will be decided at a referendum at the end of March, Pozner said.

Voice of Russia, CNN, RT

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