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Russia Assisting 'Brotherly Nation', Says President Putin on Ukraine

World | December 19, 2013, Thursday // 12:13| Views: 627 | Comments: 2
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Bulgaria: Russia Assisting 'Brotherly Nation', Says President Putin on Ukraine Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Russian President Vladimir Putin has explained the economic assistance to Ukraine as helping a "brotherly country in a difficult situation".

"We often hear phrases like 'brotherly country' or 'brotherly nation', and we see today that Ukraine is in a difficult situation economically, socially, and politically," Putin said at a press conference on Thursday, cited by the Kyiv Post.

"If we really say that this is a brotherly nation and a brotherly country, we should act as close relatives and support the Ukrainian nation in this difficult situation", he added.

On Tuesday, Russia agreed to buy USD 15 B worth of Ukrainian government bonds and cut prices for natural gas.

However, Ukraine's pro-Western opposition has demanded to know what Ukraine offered in return.

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sa-sha - 20 Dec 2013 // 15:36:56

Views differ, Peter.... But OK: EU/USA are the Winged Rosy Cherubs ;-)

peterperfect - 20 Dec 2013 // 08:48:24

Nothing is "brotherly" about Putin, this is a hard nosed politician, a Wolf in sheep's clothing and he will expect to get his pound of flesh from the Ukraine for the loan.

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