Head of Chechnya Kadyrov: if I were president, I would “take Ukraine away long ago” and “put things in order” He also urged Ukrainians to resist this, otherwise Russia will “take action”
The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, said that if he were instead of the president, then “they would have taken Ukraine a long time ago, sent troops there and put things in order.” The live broadcast with the participation of the politician was published on Instagram by the Chairman of the Chechen Parliament, Magomed Daudov.
“Now they came up with Ukraine. And what, Russia should give way to Western countries, which are 9 thousand km between Ukraine and America? America protects the interests of Ukraine, and the closest neighbor— this is Russia for Ukraine, these are the Slavic peoples, — said Kadyrov.
At the same time, according to him, the United States for Ukraine “nothing good” they don’t want to, but they need it only for the sake of a new base near the borders of Russia. “If there are people in Ukraine, then they must resist this. And if not in Ukraine, then Russia must take action. And if I were instead of the president, I would have taken Ukraine a long time ago, sent troops there, put things in order. If crazy, corrupt people are at the head of the state and through this state they threaten the security of our state, why should we be silent, chtoli? noted the head of Chechnya.
In addition, Kadyrov added that if Russia had not stopped “these shaitans” in Syria, then today “people would be killed in our country.” «The same— from Ukraine it will pass to Russia, therefore, it is necessary to take preventive measures,— he concluded.
RBC asked Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov to comment on Kadyrov's statement.
This is not the first time Kadyrov has spoken of the possibility of Ukraine joining Russia. So, in December last year, he also stated that with the continuation of the anti-Russian policy, Ukraine could be annexed to Russia. “My deep conviction is that if Mr. [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky and his team behave like this, then Ukraine should be annexed to our country. Ukrainians— our people, this is our territory. This is my opinion, — pointed out the head of Chechnya. He later clarified that he expressed a personal opinion— as a citizen, not as the head of Chechnya.
Kadyrov's statements come against the background of the escalation in eastern Ukraine, which has been going on since last autumn. Then a number of Western media and officials reported on the preparation of the Russian “invasion”; to Ukraine. Expected dates were repeatedly called. Moscow denied all accusations. Russian President Vladimir Putin, in turn, announced the need for legal guarantees for NATO's non-expansion to the east, and the Russian Foreign Ministry sent proposals on this issue to the United States in mid-December 2021. After that, negotiations between Russia, the United States and NATO were held in Geneva and Brussels, but they ended without concrete results.
Earlier on January 24, Eduard Basurin, deputy head of the People's Militia Department of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), said that Ukrainian security forces are preparing an armed offensive in the zone of the “Joint Forces Operation”. Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov also pointed out that the threat of an armed offensive by Ukraine in the Donbass is now very high.
In turn, Ukrainian intelligence announced the transfer of several tanks and self-propelled artillery installations from Russian territory to the DPR and LPR. The report of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense stated that the transfer was carried out by rail and road. In addition to tanks, fuel, ammunition and other weapons were sent, the agency specified.
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