“For twenty years, American troops had been on this [Afghan] territory and for twenty years they tried – one can say this without offending anyone – to civilise the people who live there, to introduce their norms and standards of life in the broadest sense of the word, including the political organisation of society”, Vladimir Putin said.
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.”
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.