Putin recalled that at that time, there were politicians in Europe who suggested that it was not necessary to expand the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), but to create a common defense system that included the United States, Canada, and Russia.
“After 1991, when Russia hoped to be accepted by the family of civilized people but was deceived, Washington promised that NATO would not expand to the east, but that did not happen, and there were five expansions of that agreement.
When I became president in 2000, I thought I could restore those relations, so I asked President Bill Clinton if it was possible for Russia to join NATO. .Putin said this in the interview.
So the United States applied pressure, and the European countries accepted the expansion of NATO towards the east, including the Baltic countries and all of Eastern Europe, and later went on to invite Ukraine and Georgia to the bloc.
In 2004, the president of Russia said that after President Leonid Kuchma, Victor Yanukovych won the elections in Ukraine, and the United States did not like that result and organized a third round, and Yushenko came to power in what we can classify as. a coup d’état.
When the issue of Ukraine’s association with the European Union arose, which complicated relations for Russia because there was a free trade agreement between Russia and Ukraine, then-President Yanukovych appreciated that the Ukrainian economy cooperated closely with Russia.
This led to the 2014 coup against Yanukovych, who did not use the police or the armed forces, and the opposition staged a coup with the support of the CIA, Putin recalled.
Subsequently, the government began to attack the parts of the country that did not support the coup while increasing military cooperation and efforts to join NATO.