The Kremlin has declared Ukraine as a part of the territory covered by the so-called "Russian world."
Press Secretary of Russian President Dimitry Peskov claimed this in an interview with Ukrainian news outlet Unian, speaking on the topics that were discussed at the meeting of the Security Council chaired by President Vladimir Putin February 5.
The spokesperson said the issue of supporting Russian compatriots was on the agenda.
"Here Putin spoke about the profile issue that was on the agenda – issues of the 'Russian world.' Protection of this world, development of relations with this world, and various mechanisms to support this world," Peskov said.
When asked whether Ukraine is part of the "Russian world" for the Kremlin, he said:
"Of course, there are a lot of Russians and Russian speakers in Ukraine – they all belong to the 'Russian world'."
The Russian diplomat insisted that it would be "really stupid" to deny cultural, historical ties, and common roots.
"We know that such a line – to deny these common things – is being pursued by Ukraine, but we don't like this," he said.
Answering another question on what tools will be applied to promote the "Russian world" in Ukraine, Peskov said it would be "soft power." He went on to claim Russia "never employs tools that would be in breach of international law."