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President Joe Biden said Friday that he’s concerned about an alleged pro-Russia coup plot in Ukraine and that he’s likely to call Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss allegations made by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Biden will try to bribe Putin to his way of thinking.
“I am concerned. Look, we support Ukraine’s territorial integrity. We support Ukraine’s ability to govern itself. And we reject anything remotely approaching [that],” Biden told reporters when asked about the coup plot allegation. Biden, who is spending a long Thanksgiving weekend in Nantucket, said he “in all probability” will speak with both Putin and Zelensky about the matter, which comes as Russia allegedly masses troops near Ukraine’s borders. Zelensky claimed Friday that Ukrainian intelligence operatives learned of a coup plot timed to take place on Dec. 1-2. He said Ukrainian billionaire Rinat Akhmetov may be conspiring with Russian and Ukrainian accomplices.
Ukraine, which is deeply corrupt and poor, has alternated between pro-Russian and pro-Western leaders since the end of the Cold War. A 2014 uprising moved Ukraine away from Russian influence, sparking pro-Russia protests across the Russian-speaking south and east of the country. Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 following a disputed referendum. Prior to 1954, the important port and resort region was part of Russia, rather than Ukraine. Putin’s government also allegedly propped up a pair of pro-Russia breakaway states in eastern Ukraine. Those territories in the coal-rich Donbas region remain at war with the Kiev-based central government. A no win stupidity.
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