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Grozny: Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov has expressed support for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s signing of independence documents for the Ukrainian provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk, as well as launching a “military campaign” in Ukraine.

He acknowledged Putin’s signing of the independence documents of Donetsk and Luhansk as a landmark decision that would end the bloodshed and violence that has plagued 40 million people in the two provinces for eight years.

in one Opinion article for the Arabic news website Al-Ain Published on Tuesday, Kadyrov said that the Chechen people welcome citizens of Donetsk and Luhansk, two independent and recognized republics.

The article also included his views on international events, why the Chechen military became involved in the conflict in Ukraine, and claims that there were Nazis in the country.

“It pains me greatly to face the fact that brother and dear Ukrainian people find themselves, after many decades, in the same tragedy which we were able to overcome only a short time ago,” Kadyrov wrote .

He continued: “The Chechen people have experienced the whole arsenal of malicious and cunning actions of the West. We, without realizing it, were engaged in an imaginary adventure that claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands. used our people in an attempt to destroy it.”

Kadyrov said that with Putin’s help the Chechen people “managed to drive out the enemies of the country and the people and establish a solid peace in the region.”

On Ukraine, Kadyrov said: “From the 1940s, there was an organization of Ukrainian ultra-nationalists led by Stepan Bandera, and soon after the collapse of the Soviet Union, his ideological followers, who had been there at the time, followed Started an accelerated anti-Russian policy. Russophobia became a national idea, and at the same time, Ukraine continued to receive loans, energy sources at prices below the market, and all kinds of concessions from Russia.

He continued: “The liberal West turned a blind eye to all this, and anti-Russian campaigns continued incessantly and systematically, becoming more complicated year after year, as they were appreciated by liberal Europe and America. Ukrainian Nazis of various stripes, who were on the side of international militants, fought in Chechnya, and contributed to the assassination of defenders of its honor and freedom. ”

The Chechen leader referred to the secret document he revealed last year and is kept in the British National Archives, saying: “This document is still classified as ‘secret’, but it is not a secret that anyone can reveal.” The point will not be disclosed. It turned out that the document is the minutes of a meeting between the heads of foreign affairs agencies of the US, UK and the Federal Republic of Germany, which was held on March 6, 1991 in the German city of Bonn .

He said the minutes released “reveal a serious contradiction in history that the West has long promoted. It was revealed that NATO, the military alliance of Western countries, the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic are a single entity.” During negotiations on integration into the German state, NATO made an explicit promise to the Soviet Head of State of the Strategic Military Undertaking not to expand his influence into the countries of Eastern Europe on the other side of the Oder River.

Kadyrov stated that the American diplomat Raymond Seitz clearly stated: “We have made it clear to the Soviet Union that we do not intend to derive any benefit from the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Eastern Europe, and not the expansion of NATO to the East.” Must do, either officially or unofficially.”

He said the same position was shared by the representative of the German Foreign Ministry, Jürgen Krobog, who said that “during the 2+4 talks (on Germany’s post-unification situation), we made it clear that NATO will not expand. East. Thus, we cannot offer Poland and others to join NATO.”

Kadyrov said that the promise was repeatedly violated by all the participating countries as outlined in the protocol.

In his article, Kadyrov described the events in Ukraine in recent years, starting with the 2014 coup.

“In 2014, as a result of an unconstitutional armed coup (the so-called “Maidan”) with the support of the West, ultra-nationalists came to power. In the same year, the actual Nazi genocide began, riots broke out in Odessa in the city center, and in the same year In 2014, two regions of Ukraine (which are historically two Russian regions), the People’s Republic of Donetsk and Luhansk, opposed the ultra-nationalists’ right, and as a result of the referendum, the majority of the population voted in favor of independence.

“Since then, the continued bombardment of these areas has included shelling with missiles and bombs, resulting in the deaths of about 13,000 people in Europe according to the Organization for Security and Co-operation. Nevertheless, the US and Europe look indifferently at this ongoing humanitarian catastrophe. were being.”

He said: “During the years of the war in the Donbass region, weapons were supplied by the US and NATO countries to the Ukrainian army and ultra-nationalist battalions (Azov and Aidar), which in fact are not under official authority. Ukraine. The bus was full of western weapons.

“For eight long years, such crimes against residents of the Lugansk People’s Democratic Republic were committed by the official Kyiv, and the government did not make a single attempt to stop the bullying of those whom they considered their citizens.”

Kadyrov also referred to the Ukrainian nuclear weapons issue, saying: “Recently, the authorities in Ukraine, in general, have made clear threats to build nuclear weapons, and Volodymyr Zelensky announced plans to withdraw from the Budapest memorandum. that prevented Ukraine from obtaining nuclear weapons.

“These intentions are revealed at a time when Ukraine has sufficient capabilities and means to build a so-called ‘dirty bomb’,” at least. In the event of the emergence of nuclear weapons in Ukraine, the time taken for missiles to reach Moscow is reduced to just four minutes. During this time, it is impossible to stop the attack.”

The Chechen President supported his Russian counterpart’s decision to launch a military operation in Ukraine, saying: “Because of these factors that threaten the strategic security of our country, the Russian President has not only completely natural and made the right decision but the only right decision, recognition of the People’s Republics of Luhansk and Donetsk, and launching a special military operation to remove Ukraine’s weapons and eliminate Nazism. In this way, Russia prevented the inevitable strike called NATO. had planned to impose it on Russian soil in the hands of Ukraine.”

He said: “Russia does not set itself the goal of occupying Ukraine. It is the people of Ukraine who will determine their fate without the involvement of neo-Nazis and in isolation from Western influence. Russia in relation to any state , follows this policy all over the world. It protects the rights of self-determination of nations.”