From Russia With Markov
We feel being a part of one civilization with Ukraine — to a large part, a part of one people. No wonder, uh…a marriage between a Russian boy and a Ukrainian girl is not considered interethnic. We remember, and will never forget, that it was in Kyiv — which, as you know, is described as “the mother…the mother of all Russian cities” — that there was perceived…uh…that there started our common statehood. It was from there that our common…uh…Orthodox religion sprang to life, our common, I would say, national mentality. A common civilization does not mean that we would want to have Ukraine, so to speak, lose her independence, to have her destroyed. Not at all. Now, the common Arabian civilization contains a variety of different countries. The common Latin American civilization also contains a variety of different countries. They get along quite well. Today’s agenda, from the Russian side, is the concept of a Common Economic Space. From our point of view, it is…uh…I’d put it this way: an economic union of countries lying to the east of the EU that, in the foreseeable future, will not become EU members. We like the way they live in the EU, and we want a similar way of life — albeit with certain specifics of our own — which is true, basically, for any country. We have the political will, and we will make it happen.
Viktor Chernomyrdin was a genius to say this: “Ukraine will join the EU right after Turkey. And when will Turkey join the EU? Never!”
Sergey Markov, speaking at the Conference “Russian-Ukrainian Relations in a European Context”
In a pointed jab at Markov’s ill-concealed imperialist harangue, moderator Lilia Shevtsova of the Carnegie Moscow Center suggested that an award be set “for facilitating Ukraine’s accession to NATO.”
That won’t be necessary. Our biggest award will be in joining NATO and pissing the likes of Markov off — once and for all.
And by the way, Russia holds her presidential election today. Oh, did I say election?
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