Russian President Vladimir Putin: “I am convinced that the true sovereignty of Ukraine is possible only in partnership with Russia. Our spiritual, human and civilizational ties have formed for centuries and have been rooted in the same sources, they have been hardened by common trials, achievements and victories.”
“The crews of aircraft and helicopters of the Black Sea Fleet and the air force formation of the Southern Military District conducted training with battalions of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems and units of the Pantsir self-propelled missile and gun systems during a readiness check of the duty forces and air defence systems of the Crimean Peninsula”, Rulyov said.
Afghanistan’s former president Hamid Karzai: “The US/NATO military campaign was not against extremism or terrorism, the campaign was more against Afghan villages and hopes; putting Afghan people in prisons, creating prisons in our own country … and bombing all villages. That was very wrong.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin: “America recently faced some of the hardest events in its history, after the murder of an African American and the creation of the whole Black Lives Matter movement. I will not comment on this now, I just want to say that the things we saw – pogroms, violations of the law, and so on – we sympathize with the Americans and the American people, but we do not want this to happen on our territory.”
“This is something we are watching very closely and this really is a red line for us – as regards the prospect of Ukraine joining NATO. Of course, this (the question of a membership plan for Ukraine) raises our concerns,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the Ekho Moskvy radio station.