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 Ukraine and Russia are doomed to a shared future - Putin

Russia and Ukraine are 'doomed' to a joint future as Ukrainians and Russians are one ethnic group.

The confidence was expressed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Censor.NET reports citing RIA Novosti.

"Whatever happens, in the end, Russia and Ukraine, one way or another, are doomed to a shared future," Putin said at a plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

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According to the Russian president, with all the complexities of today, 'Russians and Ukrainians are one people, one ethnic group, in any case', with its originality, cultural characteristics, a common history, culture, spiritual roots.

At that Putin claimed that Russia does not intend to put pressure on Ukraine, recognizing its right as an independent nation to choose its own path.

"From the beginning we have proceeded considering the fact that Ukraine has the right to make its own choice - in terms of civilization, and politics and economics, and whatever," he said.

 
 
 
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