Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he was wrong to assume the West would establish positive relations with Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In reality, the West was determined to break the nation apart, the Russian leader explained.
On an interview with Russian journalist on Sunday, Putin admitted that he was a “naive” leader early in his political career even though he had a solid background in Soviet intelligence.
Putin said that he had believed that the West understood that Russia had become a completely different country after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and that there were no further ideological differences warranting a serious stand-off.
According to Putin, the West saw no need for the existence of Russia, with its large population. “It would be better, as suggested by… [former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew] Brzezinski, to divide it into five parts, and subjugate them one by one.”
The Western plan, he explained, worked on the premise that several smaller states “would have no weight or voice of their own, and would have no chance to defend their national interests in the way that the united Russian state has.”
Well, his realization is better late than never.