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Vladimir Putin feels “cheated” by the West and Ukraine over the Minsk Agreements, a Kremlin expert has told Express.co.uk during an interview about the Russian invasion of its neighbour.

Before Putin launched his bloody war in Ukraine more than five weeks ago, he was accused of tearing up the Minsk Agreements.mAs part of the Russian President’s precursor to the conflict, Moscow recognised the independence of the occupied regions of Luhansk and Donetsk in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. 

The Minsk Agreements, reached in 2014 and 2015, were intended to end the fighting between Ukraine and the rebels.

The Kremlin strongman now feels “cheated” by the West and Ukraine over the Minsk Agreements, according to Professor Nikolai Petrov.

The senior research fellow on the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House is an expert on Kremlin decision-making.

Speaking about Ukraine’s bid to join NATO, he told Express.co.uk: “That is the problem.

“He got these Minsk Agreements, and, in his view, it could play this role.

“But it never played this role. It has never been implemented. And now, this cannot be repeated.

“So, in his view, he has been cheated. He has been cheated by the Ukrainian leadership, which did sign these agreements but did not implement them.

“He was cheated by the West, which did participate in reaching these agreements, but did not put enough pressure, from his view, at least, on the Ukrainian leadership in order to implement these agreements.”



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