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GROZNY: Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov expressed his support for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s signing of the independence documents for the Ukrainian provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk, as well as the launch of a “military operation” in Ukraine.

He hailed Putin’s signing of the Donetsk and Luhansk independence documents as a historic decision that will end the bloodshed and violence that 4 million people in the two provinces have suffered for eight years.

In an opinion piece for the Arabic news site Al-Ain published on Tuesday, Kadyrov added that the Chechen people welcome citizens of the two independent and recognized republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.

The article also included his views on international events, why Chechen forces joined the conflict in Ukraine and claims there were Nazis in the country.

“It pains me very much to face the fact that the brotherly and dear Ukrainian people find themselves, after several decades, in the same tragedy that we were able to overcome only a short time ago,” Kadyrov wrote.

He added: “The Chechen people have suffered a whole arsenal of malicious and cunning actions from the West. We were engaged, without realizing it, in an imaginary adventure that cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. The West has used our people to try to destroy Russia.

Kadyrov said that with Putin’s help, the Chechen people “managed to repel the enemies of the country and the people and established a solid peace in the region”.

On Ukraine, Kadyrov said: “Since the 1940s there was an organization of Ukrainian ultra-nationalists led by Stepan Bandera, and immediately after the collapse of the Soviet Union, their ideological supporters, who were there all this time began to pursue an accelerated anti-Russian policy. Russophobia became a national idea, and at the same time Ukraine continued to receive loans, energy sources at below market prices and all kinds of concessions from Russia.

He added: “The liberal West turned a blind eye to all this, and the anti-Russian campaigns continued steadily and systematically, becoming more complex year by year as they were hailed by liberal Europe and the United States. Ukrainian Nazis of various stripes, including those who sided with international terrorists, fought in Chechnya and contributed to the murder of defenders of its honor and freedom.

The Chechen leader referred to the secret document which he revealed last year and which is kept in the British National Archives, saying: “This document is still classified as ‘secret’, but there is no secret which will only be revealed at some point. It turned out that this document is the minutes of a meeting between the heads of the foreign affairs agencies of the United States, Great Britain and the Federal Republic of Germany, which was held in the German city of Bonn on March 6, 1991.

He said the released minutes “reveal a serious contradiction in the story that the West has long promoted. It turned out that NATO, the military alliance of Western countries, during the negotiations on the unification of the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic into a single German state, clearly promised the leader of the Soviet state the strategic strategy of NATO. military commitment not to extend its influence to the countries of Eastern Europe on the other side of the Oder.

Kadyrov said US diplomat Raymond Seitz made it clear: “We have made it clear to the Soviet Union that we do not intend to benefit from the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Eastern Europe, and NATO should not expand eastward, either officially or unofficially.

He said the same position was shared by the representative of the German Foreign Ministry, Jurgen Chrobog, who said that “during the 2+4 negotiations (on Germany’s post-unification situation), we made it clear that NATO would not extend to the east, so we cannot offer Poland and others to join NATO.

Kadyrov said that this promise has been repeatedly violated by all countries that participated in the meeting mentioned in the protocol.

In his article, Kadyrov told about events in Ukraine in recent years, starting with the 2014 coup.

“In 2014, following an unconstitutional armed coup (the so-called “Maidan”) with Western support, ultra-nationalists came to power. In the same year, real Nazi massacres begin, riots break out in Odessa in the city center, and in the same year 2014, two regions of Ukraine (which are historically two Russian regions), the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, s oppose the authority of the ultra-nationalists, and following the referendum, the majority of the population voted in favor of independence.

“Since then, continued bombardment of these areas has included shelling with missiles and bombs, which has resulted in the deaths of approximately 13,000 people, according to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. United States and Europe watched with indifference this unfolding humanitarian disaster.

He added: “Throughout the years of war in the Donbass region, the Ukrainian army and the ultra-nationalist battalions (Azov and Aidar), which are not really under official authority, were supplied with weapons by the United States and NATO countries. Ukraine was simply overflowing with Western weapons.

“For eight long years, such crimes against the inhabitants of the Lugansk People’s Democratic Republic have been committed by official Kyiv, and the government has made no attempt to stop the intimidation of people they regarded as their own citizens.”

Kadyrov also touched on the issue of Ukrainian nuclear weapons and said: “Recently, Ukrainian officials, in general, have made explicit threats to produce nuclear weapons, and Volodymyr Zelensky has announced his intention to withdraw from the Budapest memorandum which prevented Ukraine from acquiring nuclear weapons.

“These intentions come to light at a time when Ukraine has enough capabilities and means to make a so-called ‘dirty bomb’, at least. In the event of the emergence of nuclear weapons in Ukraine, the time needed for the missiles to reach Moscow is reduced to only about four minutes, during which time it is impossible to parry the attack.

The Chechen President endorsed his Russian counterpart’s decision to launch a military operation in Ukraine, saying: “Due to these factors that threaten the strategic security of our country, the Russian President not only took the completely natural and just, but the only correct decision, the recognition of the People’s Republics of Luhansk and Donetsk and the launching of a special military operation to withdraw arms from Ukraine and eradicate Nazism from it. In this way, Russia prevented the inevitable strike that NATO planned to inflict on Russian lands in Ukrainian hands.

He added: “Russia does not set itself the goal of occupying Ukraine. It is the Ukrainian people who will determine their destiny without the participation of neo-Nazis and isolated from Western influence. Russia adheres to this policy everywhere in the world, with regard to any state. It defends the rights of nations to self-determination.