from The BRICS Post:
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said Moscow will not impede a Ukrainian integration pact with the European Union but will protect its interests.
Russia has decided to provide Ukraine with a $15 billion and cut price for gas supplies because Moscow sees Kiev as a brotherly nation in a difficult situation, Putin said at his annual marathon press conference in Moscow on Thursday.
“If we really say that [the Ukrainian people] are a brother people, and a brother country, then we are obliged to conduct ourselves as a close relative and help the Ukrainian people in this difficult situation,” said Putin.
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