Speaker of the Lower House takes on former Eastern Bloc states
MOSCOW, June 1 / TASS /. The former Eastern bloc countries, along with Ukraine and the Baltic states, should thank Russia for everything it has done for them, the president of the State Duma (lower house of the parliament), Vyacheslav Volodin, on his Telegram channel.
“Ukraine, fearing to lose its revenues from the transit of Russian gas, demands reimbursement for the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline by Russia, the Czech Republic demands compensation to the tune of 40 million euros for the explosion of Vrbetice weapons depot, allegedly carried out by Russian intelligence services, and the Baltic states demand compensation for the Soviet era, [since they are] unable to resolve their own economic problems, ”the legislator wrote.
“When these countries formed the Eastern bloc, they were used to living off others. They are still used to it. They would have given up this habit if they had indeed had sovereignty and independence, not just in words but in reality, ”Volodin said, noting that these states have chosen the path of being satellite countries.
Volodin noted that “it is impossible to receive money [from other states] and be independent. “” It is not Russia that owes you, it is you who owe Russia. You should be grateful that Russian citizens did not demand that you hand over what they gave you, ”the politician stressed.
“An apology is in order here. We should start thinking about the future of our relationship,” said the speaker.
“Stop blaming Russia for all your problems. Start with yourselves. You have been building independent states for 30 years. Give us a break and give yourself a break,” he concluded.