From Washington to Moscow. Reaction to little Russia

От Вашингтона до Москвы. Реакция на Малороссию

Zakharchenko announced the establishment of the Ukraine under the flag of Khmelnytskyi

The idea Zakharchenko has not found support even in close circles.

The self-proclaimed head of the DND Alexander Zakharchenko announced the establishment of a “Federal state Ruthenia”, with its capital in Donetsk.

Sudden Zakharchenko’s announcement surprised even his surroundings and found no support. Neagative responded to Ruthenia from Zakharchenko in Moscow and the LC, and the United States and Europe.

Little Russia with bezveza

According to Zakharchenko, the idea of Ukraine was supported by the delegates of the 17 regions of Ukraine. “Konstitucii” little Russia declared the legal successor of the Ukraine.

Kiev is expected to grant the status of historical and cultural center. The flag should be a banner of Bogdan Khmelnitsky, and languages – Russian and “malorossky”.

State structure – Federation with broad autonomy of the regions in foreign policy to remain neutral in the internal – based on Orthodox values in the economy – to be a “bridge” between East and West, North and South.

The authors of the idea suggest that little Russia can become a member of the Union of independent States and join the Union state of Russia and Belarus. However, she can keep the visa-free regime with the European Union with the consent of the latter.

Zakharchenko called little Russia by the response to the plan of Kyiv for the reintegration of Donbass.

Kiev will Refund the Donbass and the Crimea

Shortly after the announcement, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that the project “Novorossia” was buried, and the Ukrainian authorities will restore sovereignty over the Donbas and the Crimea.

“The so-called “Novorossia” project, which included nine regions, has completely failed… We must understand that Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky are not political figures, and puppets, which broadcast a Kremlin statement,” – said Poroshenko at a briefing in Georgia.

Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin called the statement of the heads of the DND attempt to play the Abkhazian scenario in the Donbass.

“The Kremlin puppeteers with their puppets Donbass staged another farce, pulled out of mothballs little Russia”, – wrote the Minister on Twitter.

According to the NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov, Zakharchenko added a new argument in favor of the adoption in Ukraine of the law on de-occupation of Donbass.

“Destiny plan “Ruthenia-17” will be similar “new Russia-14” or any other “Debilnosti” Putin format,” – quoted Turchynov press service of the NSDC.

Meanwhile, in Minsk held a meeting of the working subgroups of the Trilateral contact group on settling the situation in Eastern Ukraine, which discusses the statement Zakharenko about the Ukraine.


Russia has Learned from the media

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that the idea Zakharchenko on the establishment of the state of little Russia on the territory of Ukraine is his personal initiative.

“In Moscow found out about it this morning from the media. We remain committed to the Minsk agreements”, – said the speaker of the Kremlin.

Plenipotentiary representative of Russia in the contact group on settling the situation in Eastern Ukraine, Boris Gryzlov said that the creation of the Ukraine is not consistent with the Minsk process and encouraged the initiative Zakharchenko to consider “as an invitation to debate.”

The head of Committee of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation on the international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev called the initiative Zakharchenko unexpected and “neveselaya in the logic of the sequence of actions prescribed in the Minsk agreements”.

The Russian foreign Ministry also said about the mismatch of the Minsk agreements. “It is hardly possible to consider them as a real policy, about real political life”, – said Russia’s permanent representative to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich.

RBC with reference to sources close to the Kremlin, says that the initiative came not from the Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov supervising the Ukrainian direction.

“The administration was not in the subject. This is a personal initiative Zakharchenko and his entourage”, – said the source Agency.

Close to Surkov expert Alexei Chesnakov, said that the project of creation of the Ukraine put forward by several writers and bloggers close to the leadership of the DNI, in the leadership of the “Republic” many consider him to be frivolous.

“The project is a literary rather than political. To the real politics of the little Russian initiative is irrelevant. The noise raised a large, but after a month of the little forget everything, including the authors of this idea”, – concluded the expert.

Later Chesnakov said that Surkov held a meeting with experts in the course of which he expressed his opinion about the Ukraine.

“All this hype about the imaginary state of little healthy. The main thing here is that the Donbass is not fighting for secession from Ukraine and for its integrity – for the whole of Ukraine, not part of it,” Chesnakov quoted Surkov.

LC: internal initiative DNR

The LC leadership has denied its involvement in the project Zakharchenko, stating that its representatives in the Assembly was not involved, noting that the leadership of the “Republic” adheres to the idea of the necessity of fulfilling the Minsk agreements.

Member of the delegation from the LC in the political sub-group on Donbass Rodion Miroshnik said that the self-proclaimed representatives of the Republic do not plan to discuss the idea of creating the Ukraine at the talks in Minsk.

“We do not plan. This is an internal initiative of the DNI. We have a subpoena, which marked the pressing issues that require discussion and decisions,” he said, noting that at the moment, this initiative does not affect the course of talks.

The DNR accredited reporters the event was not announced. The local press in advance were not invited. In the small hall of hotel Shakhtar Plaza were representatives of two Russian Federal mass media and local “Ministry of information”.

In Donetsk, also many were not aware of. “Like snow on the head! No one said anything! All very concerned. Reminiscent of 2014, when much the same happened on the team, no training and totally unexpected,” said Газете.Ru a source in the middle tier of “government” of DNR.

Approved the idea and one of the founders of DND Andrey Purgin. Former speaker of the Parliament in an interview with RBC called Zakharchenko’s statement about creating a little profanity.

“DNI to the Ukraine is irrelevant. Little Russia was the Polish autonomy. In principle, we can join anything, but in my opinion, is unprepared initiative”, – said Purgin.


The West is concerned about

The official U.S. state Department spokesman Heather Nauert reported that the foreign Ministry is concerned about the announcement of the establishment of Ruthenia.

“The so-called separatists want to form a new state, which is Ukraine. It certainly causes our concern,” said Naert.

She stressed that will confine myself to this comment and will not “dignify” the statement on the Ukraine response.

Wordy was the Chairman of the Committee on armed services of the Senate of the United States John McCain, who in a commentary on its website called the statement about the creation of little direct responsibility of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“The ambitions of Vladimir Putin to restore the Russian Empire moved one step, when the Russian separatists in the Donetsk region of Ukraine was proclaimed an independent state with the name of the Imperial era “little Russia”. Final responsibility for this flagrant violation of the sovereignty of Ukraine squarely on Russia”, – said McCain.

He urged European allies to develop policies and strategies to increase diplomatic, economic and military consequences, which Russia will suffer.

McCann also called for Washington to impose powerful sanctions against Russia and provide Ukraine with lethal weapons of a defensive nature, “in which she needs for self-defense.”

Germany and France, in turn, noted that the statements on the Ukraine violate the Minsk agreements and urged Russia to condemn the idea Zakharchenko, as well as “to strengthen action to put an end to this conflict”.