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Putin Says Former Soviet Republics Regret Collapse Of USSR

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Russia President Vladimir Putin said today that citizens of the former Soviet Republics on Russia’s boarders regretted the fall of the Soviet Union, which he described as a “great state”.

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People in the former republics “interpret it in their own way, but all the same they believe that life in the Soviet Union was more secure, calmer, they felt surer of themselves,” he told a forum in the Russian city of Sochi.

“There were more opportunities in one great, united, powerful state,” he said, reported AFP.

The Russian president has intimated his thoughts on the subject before when he publicly claimed the breakup of the USSR as “the greatest geopolitical disaster of the 20th century”.

Russia is currently fighting a war via proxies in East Ukraine and annexed the Crimean Peninsula in 2014 from Kyiv. Russia also has troops in Transdniester in Moldova, and in South Ossetia, Abkhazia, once part of Georgia.

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