According to a former deputy of the Russian State Duma, an assistant of the Russian President, Vladislav Surkov, was “totally against” joining of Crimea to Russia.
Ex-deputy of the Russian State Duma from the Communist Party, Denis Voronenkov, said that an assistant of the Russian President and notorious ‘grey cardinal’ of the Kremlin policy, Vladislav Surkov, was “totally against” joining of Crimea to Russia. Speaking at the Ukrainian Gromadske TV-channel, Voronenkov noted that only “one person” took the decision on this issue.
According to him, this decision was taken by “one person,” while others, “including his immediate circle,” were opposed. When Voronenkov was asked by a journalist to explain the position of Surkov, he said that the assistant of the Russian President was “strongly opposed.” “Because he [Surkov] is a clever man,” the former deputy added.
Voronenkov has been staying in Ukraine since October 2016. In December of the last year, he became a citizen of this country. On February 15, it became known that Voronenkov was adjudged guilty of fraud and put on a federal wanted list. The investigating committee also made a ruling on calling him to account as a mastermind of organization of falsification of the Consolidated State Register of Legal Entities.
In an interview with the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper, Voronenkov said that he moved to Ukraine due to “illegal” and “unjust” criminal prosecution. He added that Ukraine “well accepted” him.
Crimea became a part of Russia as the result of a referendum, held in March 2014. Ukraine, the US, the EU and other countries called it an “annexation.” Sanctions were imposed against Russia. Since then, some mainstream media outlets have repeatedly called Surkov a mastermind behind the Russian actions over Crimea and Donbass…
During his election campaign, the current US president Donald Trump said that the people of Crimea “would rather be with Russia than where they were [Ukraine].” However, a few days ago, spokesman for the White House Sean Spicer said that the head of the state expects that Russia will assist in reduction of violence in Ukraine and return of the peninsula.
Trump himself asked himself whether former US President Barack Obama was “too soft on Russia,” when “Crimea was taken” by the country.
Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017
Speaker of the Russian State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin called the talk about alienation of Crimea an infringement on the territorial integrity of Russia. Spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that Russia does not return its territories.