Russian official: It will be impossible to mend relations with Russia as long as Ukraine remains under US control

2022-07-29 0 By

Russian Federation Council Chairman Matviyenko said Wednesday that it is impossible for Kiev to mend its relations with Moscow as long as the Ukrainian authorities remain under Washington’s control, RT reported Thursday.In an interview with Russian media, Matviyenko said Washington would prevent Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky from seeking to repair relations with Russia if he chose to do so.She noted that the U.S. government is responsible for the poor relations between Ukraine and Russia, and that Washington does not allow Ukrainian government institutions to make their own decisions.”In my view, the main problem in our relationship with Ukraine is that Kiev is not independent in foreign and domestic policy.The authorities in Kiev take orders from Washington.And an antagonistic relationship with Russia is the price Ukraine has to pay for this kind of FUNDING relationship with the United States.”Matviyenko believes the United States has too much influence in foreign policy decisions in Ukraine.”Even if Kiev were willing to put relations on a path to normalization, the United States would not let that happen,” she said.As long as the United States continues to exert its influence, she added, “there is simply no one in Ukraine’s leadership who can have a productive dialogue.”While Russia says it is withdrawing troops from the Ukrainian border, the US is still accusing Russia of preparing an “invasion” of its neighbour, RT said.”For our part, we will do everything to prevent a war with Ukraine, to ensure that it never happens — not today, not tomorrow, not the next day,” Mr. Matviyenko said.(Edit: HHJ)