The Russian President’s Press Secretary, Dmitry Peskov, said in an interview with Mir TV that Russian President Vladimir Putin still believes that the collapse of the USSR is a catastrophe for people living in its territory but that it is impossible to talk about reversing the process.
“Nothing has been changed. Putin still believes that it was a catastrophe for those people that lived under the roof of one Union state. It was a catastrophe that significantly took us backwards in our development,” Peskov said.
He noted that it is now impossible to talk about some “reverse processes.” “But logic dictates the need of new integration in the area of the former Soviet Union. And here we see only the Commonwealth of Independent States.”
Peskov believes that the integration process is complicated but “with no alternative for all us.”
“We see that on the ‘soil’ of the CIS, more dynamic and close cooperation formats are developing like the Eurasian Economic Union. That’s why the logic of this new integration dominates after all. And it’s positive,” he stated.