The country must be made neutral, Nikolay Patrushev believes
There is no war between the peoples of Russia and Ukraine, the secretary of the Russian Security Council, Nikolay Patrushev, has insisted. The official claimed that the only "outright aggression" is coming from the US, which he accused of waging an undeclared war against Russia by using Ukraine.
During a meeting on Wednesday with his Belarusian counterpart, Alexander Volfovich, Patrushev stated that "Kiev's Nazi regime" - which he claimed was invented by Washington and London - "must be replaced." He also said Ukraine must be made into a neutral state, alleging that the current crisis is not beneficial to anyone except Washington.
The security official declared that the US had already "brought the whole of Europe to its knees," seeking only to maximize benefits for the American economy by weakening the EU, which could have become one of the centers of a multipolar world.
He also claimed that the US does not want to see a powerful Russia, and is seeking to either dismember it or liquidate it "in order to have complete reign over the Eurasian territory and pump out resources." To solve this problem, Patrushev argued that Washington and London have been using the capabilities of NATO and the EU, Ukrainian neo-Nazis and NGOs, and the government in Kiev.
The official alleged that the West had similar plans for Belarus, especially after they unsuccessfully tried to carry out a color revolution in 2020 and failed to install a puppet government in Minsk.
Patrushev insisted that Belarus was Russia's closest ally and strategic partner, and that it was vital for the two countries to deepen their defense cooperation and jointly resist external sanctions and attempts to interfere in internal affairs.
Last week, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko stated that Minsk and Moscow's "only mistake" was failing to resolve the Ukrainian crisis much sooner. He suggested that the two countries took too long trying to find a diplomatic solution and should have acted even before the 2014 Maidan coup in Kiev, which ousted Ukraine's democratically elected president, Viktor Yanukovich.
Lukashenko claimed that hostilities were bound to break out sooner or later and that Moscow should have launched its military operation back in 2014-2015, when Ukraine "had neither an army nor resolve."