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"Russia, Ukraine, & Crimea - the Russian Perspective", Georgiy Mamedov

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Complete remarks by Georgiy Mamedov, Russian Federation Ambassador to Canada, "Russia, Ukraine, and Crimea - the Russian Perspective", The Empire Club of Canada, Toronto, Canada, 22 April 2014. (Георгий Мамедов, Чрезвычайный и Полномочный Посол России в Канаде, Торонто, Канада, 22 апреля 2014) (partial index/transcription) - 0:45 Wasted thirty years negotiating nuclear arms with the United States. Dull, inconsequential work. Cuban missile crisis. - 1:10 Canada Russia Arctic treaty. The Arctic Search and Rescue Agreement. - 2:30 Importance of G20 group launched by former Prime Minister Paul Martin - 3:25 Contribution of Canadian Finance Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty - 5:20 former Prime Minister Jean Chretien - 5:45 I'm retiring soon so I will speak my mind. There are three sides to a story: Mine, yours, and facts. - 6:40 Ukraine and Ukrainian people. - 7:00 Russian history - 7:57 How can you represent the great culture of Russia, e.g. Lomonosov, Gagarin, Leo Tolstoy and be on the wrong side of history? - 8:30 Cold war suspicions. Learn history first. Russia as an entity was launched in Kyiv, Kyivan-Rus. - 9:30 Russian Black Sea Fleet has been in Crimea for 300 years. - 9:55 Russia lost 30 million lives (during World War Two) to fight fascism and to help Ukrainians against fascism seventy years ago. Stalingrad, Sevastopol. Blood soaks the land of Crimea and is a bond not easily ignored. - 10:55 Current situation in Ukraine is a tragedy. Collapse of Soviet Union. Difficult for Ukrainians and Russians to establish the kind of governments the people deserved. - 11:40 1993 nuclear arms negotiations between Russia and America. Tanks rolling in streets in Moscow. - 12:40 Russia calls what happened in Kyiv in February 2014 a coup. Others call it a revolution. October 1917. Vladimir Lenin. - 15:20 Anti corruption revolution was hijacked by nationalists. - 15:47 Right now whether you like or not, there is only one legitimate president of Ukraine according to the Ukrainian constitution, Viktor Yanukovych - 16:31 According to Ukrainian constitution there are only three ways to depose of a legitimate President to leave: (1) He/she writes a resignation letter (2) Impeachment (3) Death. Yanukovych was shot at and fled for his life. - 18:45 Russian language and TV was banned. - 19:30 Very difficult for Russians to enter Ukraine. - 19:49 Revolution in Crimea, Ukraine. Crimea was always considered to be part of Russia, historically. Reason why Khrushev gave Crimea away in 1954? Death of Stalin in 1953. - 24:00 Borys Yeltsin bitter power struggle with Gorbachev, question of Crimea. - 25:50 20,000 Russian troops in Crimea, Black Sea Fleet. 20,000 Ukrainian troops in Crimea: 3,000 returned to Ukraine, 17,000 remained with the Russian army in Crimea. - 27:00 Maidan bloodshed in Kyiv, Ukraine; Berkut, special forces - 27:45 What happens now in Crimea? Not a single person was killed in Crimea. There were no purges in Crimea. First thing that Russia did was to rehabilitate the Crimean Tatars. Russia provided the Crimean Tatars with greater representation. - 28:50 Leo Tolstoy was a wartime correspondent in Sevastopol during the Crimean war. Don't trust Harper or Putin, read Tolstoy and you will understand the close ties between Russia and Crimea. - 29:45 Russia wants a united Ukraine, an undivided Ukraine. 150 million people in Russia, 25 million are Ukrainian. Another 3 million Ukrainians work every year in Russia. - 30:50 Russian troops on Ukrainian border. Ukraine is on the brink of civil war. If the troops cross the border it would be a disaster for Russian identity. The troops are preventing extremists from vengeance/revenge on Russian speakers. - 32:25 God Bless US Vice President Joseph Biden. Biden says we need real constitutional change in Ukraine. More autonomy for east Ukraine so they feel secure and for their participation in the upcoming presidential elections, who want nothing better than a publicly elected, legitimate new president...