Moscow abandoned Putin's dream to unite all Russians in one state that is why the project of "Novorossiya" is put on "pause", Joinfo.ua reports referring to Business Insider.
At the same time, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia wanted to see the so-called DPR and LPR as part of Ukraine. Similar statements were heard from one of the leaders of the DPR.
Business Insider points out that the Minsk agreements provided for the local elections in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions under Ukrainian law for determination of the local government. The Novorossiya project puts this condition at threat. Suspicions about the Russian military and political participation began to emerge after the fall of the government of Viktor Yanukovych. NATO leaders openly accused Moscow of sending troops and equipment across the border.
"Yet the end goal for many in the Kremlin has always been grander: the reformation of a large part of the former Russian empire through the unification of Russian-speaking people across the region." It was said by Vladimir Putin himself during the "direct line": he said that Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, Mykovaiv and Odessa became part of Ukraine only after 1920.
In the last decade Moscow had been trying to restore the economic and political ties with the former Soviet republics, but international sanctions and oil prices decline have seriously crippled this ambition, Business Insider notes. At the recent summit of the Eurasian Union in Astana, the atmosphere was more tense than usual: the Kazakh government "had to dip into its gold and foreign-currency and rein in rampant inflation over recent month. Last year, it passed a new law increasing the sentence for separatism.
It is not clear how this step will be treated by the leaders of the "separatists". Last year, one of them claimed that the reattachment of Novorossiya to Ukraine was impossible under the current government in Kyiv. However, "it seems the first step toward a dialogue on the future of Ukraine might just have been taken," Business Insider concludes.
It should be recalled that Ilya Yashin, a Russian opposition leader, claims that the Russians do not want to make war in Ukraine anymore.