Kremlin Denies Eyeing Territorial Claims After Putin’s Comments In Documentary

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin

MOSCOW — The Kremlin has denied it has any territorial claims on former Soviet republics after President Vladimir Putin appeared to question the redrawn borders of Russia after the breakup of the Soviet Union.

“No, Russia does not have territorial claims against its neighbors,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on June 22.

Peskov was responding to a question about Putin’s statement during the documentary “Russia. Kremlin. Putin.” that some republics were able to leave the Soviet Union with “gifts” during the country’s disintegration in 1991.

In the documentary, which aired on June 21, Putin did not say exactly which of 14 republics other than the Russian Federation “took” what he called “Russia’s traditionally historic territories,” stressing that “when the Soviet Union was created, the right to quit the Union was written in the agreement, but the procedure was not outlined.”

Putin also said that Moscow’s illegal annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014 was “a democratic choice of the peninsula’s population.”

“Crimea has always been ours. Even from the judicial point of view,” Putin said.

Russia’s takeover of Crimea in February-March 2014 and subsequent support of pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine in a conflict that has killed some 13,200 people have strained Moscow-Kyiv relations, sparking concerns among other former Soviet republics, especially Belarus and Kazakhstan, which have long borders with Russia and a significant ethnic-Russian population residing in the areas close to the borders.

“[Putin] talked about previous systemic mistakes in the constitution that failed to envision a whole number of situations, developments which could have negative consequences for our state,” Peskov said, though he refused to comment on Putin’s use of the phrase “gifts.”

(C)RADIO FREE EUROPE 2020

9 comments

  • “No, Russia does not have territorial claims against its neighbors,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on June 22.

    Tell the Russian Army in Donbas, Crimea, Transnistria, Abachazia, South Ossetia……………….they did not got your memo yet!

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  • Goebbels was a sissy compared to Peskov!

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  • Two can play that game. Historically Kaliningrad is German, and Finland have one hell of a claim against Russia for territory seized when they invaded Finland.

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  • onlyfactsplease

    “when the Soviet Union was created, the right to quit the Union was written in the agreement, but the procedure was not outlined.”
    So, the right to quit was negated by a lack of a methodology to leave. Only a Ruskie moron can think up something so stupid.

    “Crimea has always been ours. Even from the judicial point of view,” Putin said.
    The idiot is seriously uneducated. Crimea belonged to many other people before a pathetic Ruskie ever even saw the place. And, it was a German woman who took the peninsula … Catherine the Great.

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  • At the end of the day real Russia is not bigger than within the first ringroad of Moscow. Not a joke even!

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  • англійський масон

    They couldn’t afford the land they had.

    How the fucking thick cunts think they could afford to run what they would like to claim is beyond me. Morons.

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    • I think the world is eyeing a few current territories of Moskovia. Namely, occupied territory of Kaliningrad, Sevastopol, Crimea, Abkhazia, Transnistria, South Ossetia, the Kiril islands, the Donbas, illegal bases in Libya, Syria, the C.A.R. and Venezuela. I’d be all for NATO control of the Arctic too right after we pop that zit.

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