Putin: the Soviet Union collapsed because of internal reasons, but not without the help of opponents


SOCHI, October 22. The USSR collapsed because of internal reasons, but not without the help of geopolitical opponents. This opinion was expressed by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, acting at session of debatable club “Valdai”.

“This is an internal cause (the collapse of the USSR): the failure of the political and economic systems,” he said.

“Who contributed to this is another matter,” – said Putin. “I don’t think that our geopolitical adversaries standing in the way,” he added.

The Russian leader insists that the collapse of the USSR was a tragedy, above all – humanitarian nature. “As a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union 25 million ethnic Russians found themselves abroad against their will and suddenly, the Russian people are the biggest divided nation in the world and this is definitely a tragedy,” – said Putin.

The President also noted that “collapsed social system, the economy collapsed – it was the old, inefficient, but it collapsed and led to the impoverishment of millions of people”.