Date: 4 weeks ago   Category: Politics

Nobody regarded Russia as the potential enemy. Though for military investigation everything was clear in the 90th - Smeshko


Till 2014 nobody perceived the Russian Federation in Ukraine as the potential enemy, however for military investigation in this question everything was clear still in the nineties the last century. the Force and Honour party leader, the ex-chief of Head department of military investigation of the Ministry of Defence, the former chairman of Security service colonel general Igor Smeshko in an interview for Vladimir Fedorin's YouTube project "declared Krym to

it - critical thinking - the Crimea" which left on June 22.

"For us, military diplomats and intelligence agents, was clear that the closed decree [the first President of Russia Boris] of Yeltsin meant - it seems, 1993 - the decree on curtailing military and technical cooperation [with Ukraine] and to create the closed production cycle in the territory of Russia", - he told.

of Smeshko noted that all who studied at that time in military higher educational institutions in Russia had to take the oath and to become citizens of the Russian Federation. "We reported to

on all this, but the political leadership of Ukraine defines a vector of the state", - he added.

according to the ex-chairman of the SSU, did not perceive Russia as the enemy for several reasons.

"On the one hand, Russia was quite weak, she pursued the hidden policy on curtailment of cooperation with us, especially in respect of military and technical cooperation. On the other hand, we had a mass production of world-class precision weapons", - he told.

of Smeshko noted that though in Ukraine and produced weapons, the design office was in the Russian Federation.

"Russia went for billion investments to create at itself this production, and in the leadership of Ukraine there was no understanding: without design office, without maintenance, we will not be able to create the closed cycle", - the politician added.

In a question of membership in NATO the Ukrainian diplomacy then was passive, he noted.

"Since 1992 and the USA, and NATO very watchfully concerned us. Frankly speaking, not all in Europe considered that presence of strong America in Europe - it is useful for Europe. America brought up a question of possible membership of Ukraine in NATO. But it was necessary to conduct dialogue with Europeans that Ukraine will not become the American aircraft carrier in heart of Europe", - Smeshko emphasized. 2014, right after annexation of the Crimea, in the east of Ukraine Russia began with

B the armed aggression. Fighting is conducted between the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the one hand both the Russian army and the fighters supported by Russia which control a part of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, with another. Officially the Russian Federation does not recognize the invasion into Ukraine, despite brought by Ukraine the facts and evidence.

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