The American Nationwide Safety Archive challenge printed a transcript of a dialog between US President George H.W. Bush and Russian reformer Egor Gaidar in 1992. In the course of the assembly, Gaidar spoke in regards to the “downside with Russian-speaking Ukraine.”
Russian Ambassador to the US Vladimir Lukin was additionally current on the talks.
The Elder Bush requested Gaidar if a fast decision of the issues in relations between Russia and Ukraine was doable
“It should take a very long time. The President [of Russia Boris Yeltsin] spends a variety of time on this. In some instances, there may be speedy progress – for instance, in relations with Belarus and Kazakhstan. There are issues with Ukraine,” Gaidar pressured.
Gaidar assured Bush Sr. that Russia isn’t afraid of the “Yugoslav state of affairs” for Russian-Ukrainian relations, however Moscow will want time to ascertain shut relations with Kiev.
“There are very critical issues in Ukraine, for instance, tensions between western Ukraine and Kiev. There’s additionally an issue with Russian-speaking Ukraine. The financial scenario is troublesome, worse than ours. They aren’t shifting quick sufficient with reforms,” Gaidar mentioned.
After that, Ambassador Lukin famous that individuals generally “overestimate the nationwide downside in Russia and underestimate the nationwide downside in Ukraine.” Russian Russians account for “83 % of Russians in Russia, and 73 % of Ukrainians in Ukraine,” the remainder are principally Russians, he pressured.
“Primarily in Crimea,” Gaidar pressured.
Gaidar, the top of Yeltsin’s financial group, visited Washington in April 1992 to tell American colleagues in regards to the progress of financial reform in Russia.
In the course of the assembly, Ambassador Lukin additionally spoke in regards to the upcoming assembly of the Supreme Council of Crimea, which, in response to his forecast, was purported to vote for a referendum on independence from Ukraine.