February 1st, 2014
04:25 PM ET

Kissinger on why Ukraine matters to Putin

Fareed speaks with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger about the ongoing unrest in Ukraine. Watch the full interview on "Fareed Zakaria GPS," this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.

You know Putin well. You've met him more than any American. Do you think he’s watching what is happening in Ukraine and thinking, the West and the United States is doing this essentially as a way of surrounding Russia?

I think he thinks that this is a dress rehearsal for what we would like to do in Moscow. And so...

Regime change?

A regime change issue. And the fact that it's happening so close to the Sochi Games will make him even more suspicious. But Putin thinks that the dissolution of the Soviet Union was a great historical disaster. So, obviously, the largest part of this independence is Ukraine, with 50 million people, and he can't be indifferent.

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  1. Elmer Strojny

    Terrific article


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