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Russia: No plans to intervene, says ‘hysteria is becoming contagious’

April 16th, 2014
01:52 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Russia will not invade Ukraine, Russian Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.

“Russia has no plans to intervene militarily, no plans to invade anybody – not Ukraine, not any other country; or to annex anything.”

Amanpour asked the ambassador whether Russian would also stay out of Transnistria, the breakaway state - recognized by no sovereign nation – sandwiched in between Moldova and Ukraine.

Authorities in Transnistria asked Russia to recognize the enclave as a sovereign independent state on Wednesday.

“Hysteria is becoming contagious,” Chizhov said. “It’s not Russia’s intention to annex Transnistria or any other territory in any other place of the world.”

Russia's next move

Pro-Russian militants appeared to tighten their grip on Ukraine's eastern town of Slovyansk on Wednesday as Ukrainian military forces massed nearby in an uneasy standoff.

In Donetsk, six armored vehicles sent into the nearby city of Kramatorsk in the morning later showed up carrying Russian flags in Slovyansk.

Ukraine's Defense Ministry said the vehicles had been seized by militants after they were "blocked by local residents, including representatives of Russian labeled subversive and terrorist groups."

Chizhov said that Ukraine had “bungled” the operation in eastern Ukraine, and said that it was in “full contravention to the Ukrainian constitution” – a charge very similar to the one levied against the referendum that led up to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

“You do not calm a popular protest by sending troops, by declaring an anti-terrorist operation,” Chizhov said. “Of course Russia doesn’t mind Ukraine having good relations with the European Union.”

Amanpour challenged Chizhov on the eastern Ukrainian protests.

“Why are you not trying to deescalate the tensions there? Why are we seeing pro-Russian separatists taking over buildings – again, that would be in violation of law – why are they doing that, and why aren’t you stopping it?”

“They are doing that out of desperation, I suppose,” Chizhov said. “Because those who have taken power in Kiev, they have not been listening to the demands, to the requests of people in the eastern part of the country.”

“And those people, they did not see the government in Ukraine as somebody representing their views, their interests. So they didn’t have any other choice.”

Russia is “keenly interested” in deescalating tensions, Chizhov said, adding that the conflict cannot be solved “through use of force.”

The Russian foreign minister is due to meet with his Ukrainian counterpart, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Geneva on Thursday.

More coverage of Ukraine from Amanpour.

Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Russia • Ukraine
soundoff (86 Responses)
  1. Foma

    Only Putin decides to intervene. How can this roach know?

    April 16, 2014 at 2:07 pm | Reply
    • Patines

      You should look at your self, you posted a negative comment about someone whose opinion has an international level and you call him roach. Do you think that Kerry is mid level official? Obama will not decide on his own about something like this and he is first level official, unfortunately. .

      April 16, 2014 at 3:10 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      How would a rat like you know what things Putin takes decisions on ? Contrary to the propaganda on CNN, decisions are made by the Russian parliament.

      April 17, 2014 at 5:04 am | Reply
      • Igor

        I am a Russian living in Russia, more precisely, St.Petersburg. Every decision is taken solely by the madman who calls himself our president, though he has never won at the votes: the elections were rigged. Presently, though, I admit that his support has soared... The people are glad that those around them (like Ukraine, the Baltic states, even Finland and Sweden) are plainly afraid of THEM, of THEIR country. They think this is called _greatness_ without understanding that every reasonable human being will always be wary and even afraid of a hoodlum with a knife one can meet at night in a dark street.

        April 17, 2014 at 6:09 am |
      • Joe

        Claiming Putin to be a knife wielding hoodlum who comes out at night is just plain propaganda.

        Anyway, we all saw on CNN video how the Russian parliament voted on how to deal with problems in Ukrain. Are you trying to tell us, CNN made it all up ?

        April 17, 2014 at 6:33 am |
      • Foma

        You are just a piece of american nazi trash

        April 17, 2014 at 1:38 pm |
      • Sergey

        I am sure Igor you are missing old good times under degenerate Jeltcin. Being born at the end of 60's I would say Putin is the first really smart and decent leader Russia has got. Albeit too late. Were Putin to be General Secretary in 1985 all following horror would have never happened.

        May 1, 2014 at 7:49 am |
  2. Kota

    Roach, how can you say roach?
    I'm sure you don't even know the man.
    Talking about prejudice......
    Anyways, I think the good man has a point when he says that the western media is also full of propaganda, starting with CNN.

    April 16, 2014 at 2:43 pm | Reply
    • Foma

      Sorry, I didn't mean to offend anybody.

      April 16, 2014 at 2:50 pm | Reply
    • Foma

      I just made a point that no mid level official can possibly know what further actions Russia will undertake and it all depends on whether Ukraine uses violence against Russians

      April 16, 2014 at 2:54 pm | Reply
    • Tor

      So you're saying the article you just read is right but it is full of propaganda. Which one is it? lol.

      April 16, 2014 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  3. marc

    USA lecture the world but invade Irak because of weapon of mass destruction who never existed .Now this country once an ally of western world is destroyed and no more able to be a strong ally against Iran who will have atomic bomb.Thanks to america.Afghanistan is no more secured because without any support the taliban are again in power . Now the best is to be against Russia to help to forget this success of the mighty america . A new WW ? Last one perhaps ven for USA ?Albert Einstein — 'I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.'

    April 16, 2014 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  4. Western Propaganda

    Western government soldiers flee while threatening South Eastern civilians with a grenade

    April 16, 2014 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  5. Western Propaganda

    Western regime soldiers crush civilian cars with armored vehicles

    April 16, 2014 at 4:20 pm | Reply
  6. Western Propaganda

    Western puppet regime light tank column defects to the rebels

    April 16, 2014 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  7. Western Propaganda

    CNN = poor journalism and propaganda, never reporting anything that goes against western regime agenda.

    April 16, 2014 at 4:23 pm | Reply
  8. Western Propaganda

    Western puppet regime light tanks open fire on civilians as they rush through them while the rest of their column defects to the rebels

    April 16, 2014 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  9. Western Propaganda

    South Eastern rebels having fun with captured regime hardware

    April 16, 2014 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  10. Western Propaganda

    CNN is diverting attention to Putin by all possible means to avoid mentioning the unelected US puppet regime in Ukraine get owned by rebel uprising.

    April 16, 2014 at 4:38 pm | Reply
    • Mekky

      Even the so called seasoned journalists like Amanpour, Blazer,Fareed are so biased. NEVER have they mentioned anything about the unlawful government in Kiev. The same revolution they supported in Maidan they refuse to recognizein eastern Ukraine.
      I thought journalist are meant to be neutral.

      April 16, 2014 at 6:21 pm | Reply
      • Joe

        Your shouldn't expect a government mouthpiece to be neutral.

        April 17, 2014 at 5:14 am |
      • qryber

        Amanpour – NATO Goebels of Balkans... Just plain propaganda master, spinner, manipulator, not aware of meaning of word "journalism"... Psychopath..

        April 17, 2014 at 7:36 am |
  11. Western Propaganda

    Would you like to know more?

    Follow #RussianSpring

    April 16, 2014 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  12. Suska

    Kyiv Post headline today:

    "What drives the hate in eastern Ukraine?"

    That says it all. There was not hate at Maidan was there? Oh no, it was a regular Woodstock. Western propaganda.

    April 16, 2014 at 11:35 pm | Reply
  13. JJ

    Amanpour has completely discredited herself... 25 years ago she was a decent journalist, but she is a fraud now

    April 17, 2014 at 12:35 am | Reply
  14. Jamilya

    Amanpour, this message is for you. How do you know what "propaganda" is distributed in Crimea and Ukraine? Do you speak Russian? I speak both Russian and English. And I am 100% sure that it is the western media who are spreading lies by (i) disguising what people say and do; and (ii) news blackout. By accident I think you let Illya Ponomarev to tell you a little bit of truth. But I am sure you were upset not to hear from him what you expected to hear as he is the only member of parliament who voted against accepting Crimea.

    April 17, 2014 at 12:43 am | Reply
  15. Matthew

    what trash quality comments; cnn has really lousy moderation. They should do something about all these loser Russian propagandists, managing to somehow degrade the quality of content on the internet.

    April 17, 2014 at 12:43 am | Reply
  16. Yoda

    Read the articles from www_themoscowtimes_com. This is a Russian based news agency that is not controlled by the Kremlin or western media. With everything going on now, I’m certain the kremlin will either shutdown this news service based in Moscow or take it over.
    I agree that propaganda is being used from both the west and the east however which is more credible? This is normal behaviour when two nations are at a disagreement on views but you have to look at the aftermath of the propaganda, what is it achieving for either side? The facts that derive after the spread of propaganda can clearly be seen and truth will come out.
    Russia has played the west, they are playing them like a game of chess and winning.
    Pro-Russian activists were clearly orchestrated. They are heavily armed men with military backgrounds from Russia. If they were local Ukrainians with picket signs demonstrating a peaceful protest it would be different story however they are not.
    These “soldiers” were ordered by Russia to cause turmoil and spread propaganda in the east so Ukrainian military will intervene. This will give Russia passage to defend their Russians living in Ukraine.
    The locals in these eastern parts have been told by Pro-Russians activists they are there to protect them… They are brutally forcing themselves into government buildings and occupying them to protect the locals?huh?? From what? The only reason Ukrainian military is there is because of them and the turmoil they have caused?? Now that’s the propaganda you have to look out for!

    April 17, 2014 at 12:53 am | Reply
  17. Name*vinnypan

    Ukraine should realize EU and US can't fumble any military attempt against Putin. It's time to foster peace with Russia and forget the rhetoric of the West.

    April 17, 2014 at 1:27 am | Reply
  18. Yoda

    you are right, peace is the only solution but unfortunately Russia will manipulate any situation in a way to make them look like they are protecting the innocent from the illegal government in Kiev. Its all in their play book, every move is orchestrated . Their end game is to maintain a pro-russian government in Ukraine

    April 17, 2014 at 1:38 am | Reply
  19. Name*Chike Offokaja

    The spy and dictator Putin is gobbling up Ukraine because of his perceived weakness of America who failed to take action in Syria

    April 17, 2014 at 2:05 am | Reply
  20. Frank

    Western propaganda exists, this is doubtless, however, Russian propaganda is far more rampant and its lies are far worse than any the west can or is willing to produce. Most Russian lies have been uncovered and many of them were/are too ridiculous to be taken seriously except for insane people.
    Be it as it may, there is one factor the pro-Putin people keep forgetting when they accuse the west of propaganda, incidentally ignoring the Russian propaganda almost wholly, and this is the fact that so many FREE countries are basically saying the same thing about Russian aggression and other factors that deal with this crisis. This reality alone should be proof enough there is far more truth in what the west is saying, compared to anything coming out of Russia. It would be sheer impossible to co-ordinate, control and convince all these other nations to go along with what the US and/or its closest allies want them to. Another fact must be mentioned at this point; some of these nations have much to lose if they were to start a confrontation with Russia if for no other reason than the sometimes serious economic impact their actions would have. Not to mention that they too have significant numbers of ethnic Russians living within their borders. No, they say what the rest of the EU and US are saying because it is the truth. Russia, being a single nation ruled by a dictator, has it far easier to coordinate its propaganda machinery. So this makes it many nations against one. I’m sorry, but the evidence is overwhelmingly against Russia speaking the truth. Perhaps occasionally and then they are mostly half-truths.
    For those who doubt, educate thyself with the links below.






    April 17, 2014 at 2:50 am | Reply
    • Yoda

      Exactly! Very well said Frank! It's quite obvious that Russia are spreading lies to justify their movements in Ukraine! If you watch RT or any other Russian news you can clearly see that their main goal is to pass all the blame to the West for their actions. This is propaganda at it's best! The only issue is that America has a bad reputation so it is easy for some to turn the other way and believe these lies.
      The facts are not hard to find because Putin continuously contradict all Russian media statements with his actions. It happened in Crimea and it's going to happen in eastern Ukraine.

      April 17, 2014 at 3:13 am | Reply
  21. Frank

    Precisely, Yoda. But the sad truth is that Russian propaganda is proving effective influencing many people’s opinions, thus it makes it clear the sheer numbers of insane people out there.
    Jokes aside, I think that most of those who side with Putin, both in Russia and elsewhere, are incapable of seeking other sources of information, perhaps because no others being accessible, or because they are simply too busy or lazy to do so. I know a few Russians, and I know what I speak of.
    And you’re right saying that Putin contradicts his own media. I do not know why so many people back this cretin after witnessing these blatant inconsistencies. At this point in time it should be obvious to everyone who is interested enough that Putin has no good intentions. But the Germans say; people are like sheep – one shepherd and a few dogs, and you can do with them what you want.

    April 17, 2014 at 4:20 am | Reply
    • Archduke

      No offence, Frank – but if you "know a few" – that doesn't really mean that you "know what (you) speak of".
      I know a few Americans. Nice people. But I really can't say that I KNOW Americans. Wondrous variety – is it not what the God in whom you trust (according to the banknote – is it not a sign of hypocricy and blasphemy in itself) loves?
      And be kind to not call a man a "cretin" – you ain't shrink, are you? Plainly impolite.

      April 17, 2014 at 11:37 am | Reply
  22. Regionalneft

    Russia and Ukraine brothers!

    April 17, 2014 at 4:32 am | Reply
  23. David Chung

    Don't you think that the locals pro Russian in the Eastern Ukraine are all stupid puppets, all these happened because their elected President was overthrown by coup that was supported by EU & & US. Think of this first before argue ! And one thing is for sure, the ex-President did really get a very good deal from Russia before being forced out, just because the pro West want to join EU, not because of the deal. Then, they should infect try to win the next election and not by overthrow or coup. This is US style : Just overthrow or NOT recognize if LOST ! Palestinian & Egypt are 2 clear example.

    April 17, 2014 at 6:48 am | Reply
    • armando

      us is in South East Asia before, now they just want to come back because of greedy Chinese like you

      April 18, 2014 at 4:08 am | Reply
  24. David Chung

    I'm not on Putin side, but the way I see it, this Ukraine crisis is better off without US. US is not helping, they are here to make thing worst ! See from what happening in Iraq, Egypt,Afghanistan,Palestine and many more the countries that involved US were being ruined......................................and now they want to get into South East Asia

    April 17, 2014 at 6:57 am | Reply
  25. Madex

    Somebody here is using CNN word for non puppet govts 'REGIME' to refer to the Kiev interim govt. I think everyone should refer to all govts as 'regime' since they don't represent all the people.

    April 17, 2014 at 7:14 am | Reply
  26. Richard

    Well that explains Putin behavior, he became hysterical. Fortunately Europe, USA and Ukraine are run by adults or we be cleaning up after the shortest World War in history.

    April 17, 2014 at 9:09 am | Reply
    • Archduke

      Richard – wouldn't want to speculate about Europe or US – but Ukraine.. Being an adult is not necessarily the same as being mature. Don't you think that these "adults" are a bit more hysterical? Take a latest development – Ukraine "leaders" banned all male citizens of RF from entering Ukraine (some exceptions can be made, yes).. That is a mature move..

      April 17, 2014 at 11:47 am | Reply
  27. Sergey

    I believe Putin and Russian foreign ministry officials are being too diplomatic towards Western counterparts.
    Things should be set straight so there is no confusion as to Ukraine is Russia red line and no meddling form US or EU will be accepted or else.

    May 1, 2014 at 7:51 am | Reply
  28. Sergey

    Western illegal actions in previous conflicts and repeated deceits and treaties abandonment should be constantly on display so that to show Western duplicity. Russia got to be more aggressive in asserting own interests and more in your face. It cannot afford to be surrounded by hostile military alliance on her own borders. Historically it doe snot bode well for Russia.

    May 1, 2014 at 7:53 am | Reply
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