US invested $5 billion in 'democracy promotion' in Ukraine – Nuland
Earlier media has published video performances of Nuland at a conference on Ukraine, which was held in Washington in December last year. During her speech, Nuland said the US invested five billion dollars to support democracy in Ukraine since the collapse of the USSR.
Later Russian presidential advisor Sergei Glazyev said that developments in Ukraine were largely provoked by the United States and other NATO members. He also mentioned information that was presented by Nuland regarding the multibillion-dollar aid.
In an interview with CNN, excerpts of which were published on the channel's website, Nuland nevertheless recognized that the United States allocated five billion to support democracy in Ukraine.
"This money has been spent to support the desire of the people of Ukraine to a stronger, democratic government that represents their interests," said Nuland. But she stressed that the US "did not spend money to support the Maidan." According to her, it was a "spontaneous movement".
In Ukraine, on February 22 a change of government took place, which had signs of a coup. Verkhovna Rada has ousted President Viktor Yanukovych from power, changed the constitution and appointed a presidential election on May 25. Moscow doubts the legitimacy of the Rada’s decisions. Federation Council gave the right to President Vladimir Putin to use the Russian armed forces in Ukraine to normalize the political situation in that country. The Russian Foreign Ministry explained that the consent of the Federation Council does not mean that this right will be quickly implemented.