cta-image

Donate

Donations from readers like you allow us to do what we do. Please help us continue our work with a monthly or one-time donation.

Donate Today
cta-image

Subscribe Today

Subscribe to receive daily or weekly MEMRI emails on the topics that most interest you.
Subscribe
cta-image

Request a Clip

Media, government, and academia can request a MEMRI clip or other MEMRI research, or ask to consult with or interview a MEMRI expert.
Request Clip
Nov 13, 2015
Share Video:

Russian Ambassador to Lebanon: Putin and I Believe the USSR Collapse Was a Catastrophe

#5165 | 57
Source: Al-Alam TV (Iran)

In a November 13 interview with the Iranian Al-Alam TV, Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin said: "We in the Soviet Union - this is President Putin's view, as well as my own - consider the dissolution of the Soviet Union to have been a catastrophe."


Following are excerpts:


Ambassador Alexander Zasypkin: A Russian presence in the Mediterranean Sea – and this is the crux of the matter – is necessary. We consider it to be only natural. One way or another, it is a return to the days of the USSR, or even before that.


[...]


We in the Soviet Union – this is President Putin's view, as well as my own – consider the dissolution of the Soviet Union to have been catastrophe, both for the Russian people and for the other Soviet peoples, even though there are differing opinions on this.


[...]

Share this Clip:

HELP BRIDGE THE LANGUAGE GAP – DONATE TO MEMRI’S 2020 SUMMER CAMPAIGN