I am surprised there are not more up votes and comments. This is an important interview.
He was not particularly aggressive in his comments about Western interference although he did not avoid mentioning it. He did point to the root cause of the problems which is poor governance since the fall of the USSR. Russia is experiencing the same problems but has been more successful in dealing with them. This, in my opinion, was a very astute commentary on what is happening there.
He is absolutely correct in saying that Ukraine cannot continue to lurch from crisis to crisis. They must determine to maintain adherence to the laws they have agreed to and work out their own destiny in a lawful way. His observation that there is a danger of extreme nationalist elements now gaining power is also important since if this happens they will probably take action against the Russian speaking population and reduce their language rights, in much the same way that the USSR compelled only Russian education and the primacy of the Russian language to the detriment of Ukrainian speakers.
He is not stoking the flames of controversy as is happening in the corporate media in the West. He is making an effort to work with Russia's "Western partners" as he calls them and he has agreed in the future to finance Ukraine through the IMF in accordance with the wishes of the Western governments. This is quite a concession and not one I am personally comfortable with given the reputation of the IMF in the countries it is involved with. Nevertheless it demonstrates a willingness on his part to work through the crisis in a mature non-confronational manner without closing his eyes to the egregious behaviour of the opposition.
"Jesus answered them: 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" (John 8:34-36)
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