Saakashvili: Putin decided to take Crimea long ago

19 August 2015 12:44

It’s impossible to negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin by reason of his pragmatism and desire to revenge, said Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia, Governor of Odessa region in his interview to Novaya Gazeta newspaper.

"I kept on negotiating as long as it was possible. During meeting in Astana, the summit of the CIS, Medvedev (Dmitry Medvedev, President of the Russian Federation in 2008-2012. - ed.), escaped me all the time and I tried to catch up with him - it was even funny if it were not for the context of the impending war. There even were some conversations. I call Medvedev, but I am suddenly connected with Putin (then Prime Minister - ed.), and he says, “In anyway, I think you want to talk to me. I answer, “Yes, Vladimir Vladimirovich, I have questions,” said Saakashvili, adding that Putin was not very reassuring in this conversation.

At the same time, Saakashvili doesn’t doubt it has nothing to do with Putin’s personal animosity towards him. The reason is that Putin “has been planning to punish Georgia for a long time, as well as Ukraine.”

"Purposefully. If you paid attention, Putin doesn’t have any spontaneous reactions, it’s not his style. He decided to take Crimea long ago, I believe this plan has been outlined for a long time. It is stupid to repeat this nonsense that but for Maidan Crimea could have been Ukrainian ... Yanukovych did not win the election under any circumstances, under any pressure and blackmail. This means that the others, having been called Bandera followers, could have won the elections and seized Crimea. It doesn’t matter whether I or someone else would be the President of Georgia - the scenario would be the same. What about me personally - Putin doesn’t not feel any animosity towards me, he is merely interested in other people. Pragmatists, they are like that,” Saakashvili said.