Putin on Catalonia: EU triggered rise of separatism by supporting Kosovo independence

Tadhg Gaelach

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Jan 14, 2016

Is fíor duit é! Putin speaks the truth - the EU supported every little break-a-way republic when it wanted to break up Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union - but now it's wondering how the same process could possibly be happening to itself.

EU countries bolstered separatist sentiment in Europe when they bowed to US pressure and supported Kosovo breaking away from Serbia. They now face such consequences as the Catalan crisis, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin says.

As for the situation with Catalonia, we have seen a unanimous condemnation of the independence supporters by the EU and a number of other states,” Putin said. “Regarding that, I have to say – you should have thought about it earlier.”

Did they not know about centuries-old contradictions of this nature in Europe? They knew, didn’t they? But at the time they de facto welcomed the disintegration of a number of states in Europe, with undisguised relish,” he added.

The EU’s “unanimous support of Kosovo’s secession” has proved a turning point, and Europe now faces the repercussions of short-sighted policies aimed at “pleasing the bigger brother from Washington,” Putin believes.

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Putin on Catalonia: EU triggered rise of separatism by supporting Kosovo independence
Jul 31, 2017
Its spot on, the europeans were played like fools by the US over Kosovo, it was all about fucking with a russian ally and they can keep their military base in the region for disappearing people.

At the time the russians told the americans they were setting a dangerous precedent.
Kosovo independence precedent - Wikipedia
"South Ossetia, Abkhazia, and Transnistria have all submitted formal requests for recognition of their independence to Russia, among other countries, and international organisations citing Kosovo as a precedent."

Of course South Ossetia happened, and georgia tried to stop it and got there ass handed to them.

Ukraine and Crimea seem like response, counter response to it all.

2008 Kosovo declaration of independence - Wikipedia This was talked about in 2008
"The majority of EU member states have recognised Kosovo, but Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Slovakia and Spain have not.[68] Some Spanish people (scholars or from the Spanish Government or opposition parties) challenged the comparison made by the Basque Government that way of Kosovo's independence could be a path for the independence of the Basque Country and Catalonia.[69]"
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