Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Ukrainians and Russians are «one people», and the difference between them is «no».
He said this during a meeting with workers at Lebedinsky mining and processing plant, the press service of the Kremlin.
«I believe that we are one people and almost no difference there. There are cultural, linguistic painting is a bit different. And for me, the originality of culture of the Ukrainian people, in my opinion, it is very expensive. It’s a really rich culture. But in General, in fact, one people. And he’s very patient,» he said.
Putin added that the situation in Ukraine is «getting worse».
«You know it. The country’s GDP in recent years compared to what it was, say, under President Yanukovych (ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. – «GORDON») was reduced by over one third. Incomes have fallen dramatically, costs have increased,» – said the President of the Russian Federation.
To the question about how long the situation will deteriorate, Putin said that «it depends on the people who live there, for how long they will endure.»
«But I do hope that this will end, and will end this time, God forbid, without bloodshed, in the course of the democratic process and restoration of our natural ties,» he said.
Putin added that «after the break our economic ties with Ukraine affected primarily Ukraine».
He said that «a lot of boys and girls, men and women» moved to Russia from major Ukrainian companies.
«This is a very good professionals, high-end, world-class, they work for us and may God give them health,» – said the President of the Russian Federation.
14 February 2017 at a government meeting Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman said that the economic growth in the fourth quarter of 2016, reaching 4.7% of GDP. According to him, this means that the Ukrainian economy has overcome the crisis and started to «rise from knees».
Relations between Russia and Ukraine worsened after, in March 2014 Russia annexed the Crimea, and in April of the same year, the beginning of armed aggression in Eastern Ukraine.
Putin said that Russia and Ukraine are «doomed to a future together».
Putin about Ukrainians and Russians: I Think that we are one people and almost no difference there 15.07.2017