Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting of the Security Council called the White House’s reaction to his letter to European leaders about the situation in Ukraine strange. He also added that “it is not good to read other people's letters.”
Vladimir Putin responded by commenting on the US reaction to his letter to European leaders.
"Other people's letters to read is not good," - quotes RIA News words of the President of the Russian Federation.
“Everyone is accustomed to the fact that our American friends overhear, and it’s ugly to pry,” he added.
According to the President of the Russian Federation, the letter was originally written not by the United States, but to “gas consumers in Europe,” so Russia did not expect Washington to answer.
Earlier, the Russian Foreign Minister voiced Washington’s response to Putin’s letter. "The official representative of the State Department announced that Russia should not politicize gas affairs with Ukraine, should adhere to market pricing," said Lavrov, adding that according to the US, Russia is engaged in gas blackmail.
In response, the Russian president said that "the gas price formula was fixed in the official contracts between the Russian Gazprom and Naftogaz as early as 2009," therefore it is not politicized in any way.
Addressing Europe, Vladimir Putin also noted that Ukraine needs to provide real assistance, and not distribute pies on Independence to the protesters. Russia has so far supported this Eastern European country unilaterally. “That is why we turned to our European partners and friends in order to hold a meeting as soon as possible and determine ways to help and support the Ukrainian economy,” the Russian president explained.
“You can’t get enough pies on Independence, it’s not enough to keep the Ukrainian economy from total chaos,” he reminded of the visit of the US Undersecretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland together with the US ambassador to Ukraine, who attacked the rally on Maydan Nezalezhnosti in the center of Kiev. A senior American diplomat handed out bread and cookies to the protesters.
Vladimir Putin also pointed out that despite the White House’s statement about providing $ 1 billion to Ukraine, essentially “there is no help”, since the amount will be provided “not in the form of loans, but in the form of guarantees,” and in the USA there is simply no such banks that would be willing to finance such guarantees.
Thus, he was surprised by the reaction of the American authorities to the Russian offer of assistance. “This causes us legitimate concern,” the president added.