Russian President Vladimir Putin warned during a meeting of the Russian Security Council this Friday that the country would respond “appropriately” to threats near its borders, particularly given the situation in Ukraine.
The President has criticized the fact that the “political and selective” decisions in Ukraine “have only one aim”, “to clear the political space of those forces that are striving for a peaceful solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine”.
“This is an issue that should get our attention and we will respond appropriately, taking into account the existing and potential threats,” he said, according to the TASS agency.
Regarding the situation in Ukraine, Putin has pointed out that “people are selectively accused for political reasons of cooperating with Russia in the economic field”. So he referred to the situation of some opposition politicians in Ukraine.
“This is happening despite the fact that many, including the executives, have been working with Russia for many years, including in Crimea,” he said before expressing, “that he cannot even imagine (…) everyone working with Russia work, are accused. “
On the other hand, the Kremlin has made it clear that, although it does not intend to intervene in the legal situation surrounding pro-Russian Ukrainian leader Viktor Medvedchuk, an ally of the Russian president who is accused of an alleged crime of high treason has that it will find a way to make sure it doesn’t turn into a “witch hunt”.
Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov has indicated that they are “following the progress in Ukraine”. “We are not trying to interfere in any way, but we have to make sure that it is not a purge that seeks to end rival political forces,” he added.
He expressed that Putin sees Medvedchuk as a politician who “unlike others believes in the need to normalize relations between the two countries”. Peskov has claimed that Putin and Medvedchuk “know each other and have seen each other several times”.
The Ukrainian MP was charged because relations between Ukraine and Russia are deteriorating. Last February, as part of an investigation into the financing of terrorism, the authorities imposed a package of sanctions against both Medvedchuk’s wife, Oksana Marchenko.