Pushkov commented on the statement by Condoleezza rice about «containment of Russia»

© RIA Novosti / Ilya Petliurite in fotobelka Pushkov. Archival photoPushkov commented on the statement by Condoleezza rice about «containment of Russia»© RIA Novosti / Ilya Petliurite the image Bank

The army of Ukraine will never be a serious challenge and a deterrent to Russia, said the Russian Senator Alexey Pushkov, commenting on the words of the American ex-Secretary of state Condoleezza rice about arming the Ukrainian army.

Previously, rice has advocated for the continuation of the sanctions policy towards Russia and stated that he supports arming Ukrainian military, the placement of the battalions of NATO in Poland and the Baltic States, as the Russian government has «crossed all possible red lines and deserve an adequate response».

«Method of «containment» of Russia through arms of Ukraine, proposed by Condoleezza rice, is nothing more than a sign of weakness. The army of Ukraine will never be a serious challenge for Russia. Rice was aggressive, but her statement is banal and empty. It would be better just said that she has nothing to say», — Pushkov wrote on Twitter.

Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated over the situation in Ukraine. At the end of July 2014, the EU and the USA from the point of sanctions against certain individuals and companies have moved to measures against entire sectors of the Russian economy. In response, Russia restricted imports of food products from countries that have imposed sanctions against her.

Relations between Moscow and Kiev deteriorated on the background of the situation in the Donbass. Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly accused Russia of meddling in the internal Affairs of the country. Russia charges Ukrainian side denies and calls unacceptable. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to domestic conflict and is interested in Kiev overcame political and economic crisis.

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