The Ukrainian Ambassador to Iran has accused Russia of planning to build "a new empire," saying Ukraine doesn’t want its future determined by Moscow, Press TV reports.
In an exclusive interview with Press TV, Oleksandr Samarsky said Ukraine will defend itself in case of any possible military standoff with Russia.
“In my opinion, it is a strategic plan of Mr. Putin and Russian Federation to build a new empire, the Russian empire as it was in the Soviet times. Russia has minor and major goals. Minor goals are achieved as Crimea was illegally taken by force, and major goal is perhaps Ukraine as there is no Russian empire without Ukraine.”
He said the ouster of the Ukrainian president was the will of the Ukrainian people and the new administration is fully recognized by the world and the entire states should accept and recognize the new government.
He added that the ousted president was a stooge of the Russians and could not stay as the people didn't want him.
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