Sergey Glazyev, an adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin, told Kommersant newspaper that the Ukrainian government is making a mistake by avoiding force to end the EuroMaidan protests. If protesters do not disperse voluntarily, Glazyev says that violent suppression is inevitable, he told Sergey Sidorenko of Kommersant.
Glazyev also told Kommersant that he supports the federalization of Ukraine – which some believe is a code word for an end to its national sovereignty. He also, as he has in the past, said that the heavily industrialized, densely populated southeastern part of Ukraine should join the Kremlin-led Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus.
He also harshly criticized Washington, accusing U.S. officials of interfering in the internal affairs of Ukraine. He said that what’s happening in Ukraine is a violent coup attempt. He said that President Viktor Yanukovych and Ukrainian oligarchs are not taking strong action because they are cowed by Western threats “to add them into the blacklist with the seizure of all assets, accounts and confiscation of property.”