Global stability was undermined by West-orchestrated coup in Ukraine in 2014, Kremlin says
The original source of the contemporary threat to the world order was the Maidan coup in Kyiv in 2014, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov claimed on Thursday. Peskov was pushing back against the NATO Secretary General’s claims that the Russian military offensive in Ukraine was responsible for a major upheaval.
“The real threat to the world order and the situation in the world and… in Europe comes from the coup that took place in Ukraine in 2014, which was carefully orchestrated, among others, by the NATO countries , despite the guarantees that the foreign ministers of a number of countries had provided. Hence the threat and danger to the world order. he underlined.
According to Peskov, tensions in Europe have been fueled by NATO’s aggressive policies and encroachment on Russia’s borders.
“This situation has been maturing for several decades and in many ways has been fueled by the aggressive policies that NATO has pursued towards our country as it moved its infrastructure closer to Russia. This created additional threats for us,” Peskov noted, explaining that, faced with such a reality, Moscow had no choice but to act.
On Thursday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the conflict in Ukraine was the “the most dangerous situation in Europe since the Second World War”, and the West must do its best to prevent Russia from winning. With this, he vowed to continue supporting kyiv with weapons and other types of help.
Moscow has repeatedly warned the West against sending arms to kyiv, saying it will only prolong the conflict, increase the number of casualties and lead to long-term consequences.
Russia sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, citing kyiv’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, intended to give the Donetsk and Lugansk regions special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that kyiv’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to save time and “to create powerful armed forces.”
In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbas republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked.