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On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians

 


小泉悠先生が語っていた7月のプーチンの論文。ニュースにも取り上げられていたのですね。下記の記事の中で抄訳を読むことができます。

2021.07.29
ロシアのプーチン大統領が7月中旬、「ロシアとウクライナは一体」という趣旨の論文を発表し、物議をかもした。

両国はロシアのクリミア併合(2014年)以来、対立が深まる一方だからだ。ウクライナ側の怒りを買うことが容易に予想される中、プーチン氏がこのような論文を出した思惑は何か。論文の内容を紹介しながら考えたい。

下記の通り英語版もクレムリンのサイトにあり、全文およびプーチンのインタビューも読めます。ここに引用したのは論文最後の部分。西側に騙されているんだ、目を覚ませウクライナの人々と呼びかけています。これを読んでしまうと、行くとこまで行くんじゃないかという恐怖しか感じません。。。

July 12, 2021, 17:00

Today, the ”right“ patriot of Ukraine is only the one who hates Russia. Moreover, the entire Ukrainian statehood, as we understand it, is proposed to be further built exclusively on this idea. Hate and anger, as world history has repeatedly proved this, are a very shaky foundation for sovereignty, fraught with many serious risks and dire consequences.

All the subterfuges associated with the anti-Russia project are clear to us. And we will never allow our historical territories and people close to us living there to be used against Russia. And to those who will undertake such an attempt, I would like to say that this way they will destroy their own country.

The incumbent authorities in Ukraine like to refer to Western experience, seeing it as a model to follow. Just have a look at how Austria and Germany, the USA and Canada live next to each other. Close in ethnic composition, culture, in fact sharing one language, they remain sovereign states with their own interests, with their own foreign policy. But this does not prevent them from the closest integration or allied relations. They have very conditional, transparent borders. And when crossing them the citizens feel at home. They create families, study, work, do business. Incidentally, so do millions of those born in Ukraine who now live in Russia. We see them as our own close people.

Russia is open to dialogue with Ukraine and ready to discuss the most complex issues. But it is important for us to understand that our partner is defending its national interests but not serving someone else's, and is not a tool in someone else's hands to fight against us.

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