Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk in an interview with Focus said that Russian President Vladimir Putin did not reject the idea of invading Ukraine is a military operation in Syria is part of its strategy for the distraction of the West.
The current ceasefire in the East of the country, according to Yatsenyuk, is «a very dangerous lull»: «a Few days ago they killed two Ukrainian soldiers». «Putin has not forgotten his main objective, namely — to seize the Ukraine and to create zones of influence. He wants to divide the world, and to draw new lines of demarcation after the Second world war,» — said the Prime Minister.
According to Yatsenyuk, the Western politicians, who believe that currently the Russian leader engaged in Syria, just «blind and deaf». «Syria is only part of Putin’s strategy for diverting attention of the Western world from the events in Ukraine and their return to the world stage, — said Yatsenyuk. — (?) Putin is a very astute politician, he is able to outwit any politician in the West, because Western politicians play by the rules, and Putin is playing with the rules».
If the West decides to lift the sanctions against Russia, says the head of the Ukrainian government, it will be a «disaster for the free world». «The sanctions should remain in force until the full implementation of the Minsk agreements,» he said.
Yatsenyuk also spoke against the construction of the gas pipeline «Nord stream-2» and urged the German economy to invest in Ukraine. «I see a giant market for German companies in the energy sector. I have repeatedly urged the German industry to invest in our transportation system. American and European companies can purchase up to a 49% stake, the Prime Minister continued. — Additional gas pipelines like Nord stream makes no sense. Thus Germany will only prolong their dependence on Russia, and we will annually lose $ 2 billion for the transit». The total capacity of Ukrainian networks, according to Yatsenyuk, is 140 billion cubic meters and this «more than enough for Europe».
In conclusion, Yatsenyuk urged the European countries to help Ukraine, including by sending specialists in various fields. «To create normal conditions of life without proper assistance from the West is a difficult task. So your (European. — Approx.ed.) specialists could support us in the education, health and public administration, — noticed Yatsenyuk. — Americans and Canadians, for example, has already sent us instructors who train the police. Also I would like to ask Europeans: send us your shots! (…) We need people with practical experience. We can’t appoint a German Minister or Deputy Minister, if he will not accept the Ukrainian citizenship, but we can create a sort of Advisory of the government of the advisors of the Prime Minister, Ministers and Deputy Ministers».
Focus. Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk: «Putin can outwit any politician in the West» 02.11.2015