Russian plan to dismember Ukraine, recently published in the Russian opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta, is likely to have existed. Such a conclusion comes from the comments of Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who noted that if such a plan had been developed, it had not been related to the Russian leadership, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to CNN.
In Novaya Gazeta there was published the text of the plan, where Moscow set the task to rend several regions away from Ukraine. The plan was created before ex-President Viktor Yanukovych fled from Ukraine. Dmitry Peskov agreed to comment on this article.
"No, this is not true. This is not true. Or maybe, maybe. I mean, I cannot exclude. Because I don't know the paper. I don't know who is the author of the paper. It's a newspaper … sometimes they make, well, unimaginable publications. And I don't see any reason for us to react. The only thing I can tell you — even if kind of that paper exists, it has nothing to do with the Kremlin. And it has nothing to do with official papers in Russian government," Peskov said.
The article of Novaya Gazeta notes that the Kremlin's policy "should finally become pragmatic" and Russia's support of Yanukovych's regime does not make sense. "It is considered correct to play on the centrifugal aspirations of various regions of the country aiming, in one form or another, at initiating accession of its eastern regions to Russia," states the plan, which, according to the newspaper, was allegedly handed in to the Presidential Administration for signature on February 4 and 12, 2014.