‘No one recalled any international agreements. Russia began literally to revive the USSR by joining to itself the territory of the new independent states.
‘The situation began all too clearly to recall that of the era of the Third Reich. Governments at that time also found it impossible to stop that regime and Austria, the Sudenland, Czechoslovakia, Poland and France fell under its sway ... More precisely, the Third Reich was stopped only by the forces of a powerful global coalition. And today we have had to repeat this historical experience.
‘What lessons should we draw from this?
‘It is obvious that the imperial foundation in Russia represents a serious mental and psychological pathology which is dangerous for the surrounding world. And we have already observed its recrudescence tice. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Bolsheviks having taken power in Russia promised all its peoples the right of national self-determination. But instead of this, they restored the Russian Empire in still more totalitarian forms than the pre-revolutionary one.
‘The disintegration of the USSR promised an escape from this imperial policy. However, very soon Russia again began to conduct colonial wars, beginning in the Caucasus and then moved on to an aggressive expansion in other countries. The peoples of the surround world are no longer prepared to tolerate this.
‘Russian imperial ideology must be condemned and banned as the Nazi ideology once was. For this, on the territory of the former Russian Federation, we are creating a regional confederation without a common capital. The Moscow Kremlin is being converted into an historical museum.
‘The High Contracting Sides take upon themselves the obligation not to block the free self-determination of Russian regions. If any republic, oblast or kray wants to move from the Chinese zone of responsibility to the Western one or in the opposite direction, this is the sovereign right of its citizens which we intend to observe with care. On these territories will be conducted free referenda under the supervision of international observers.
‘The issue of the punishment of the leaders and ideologues of Russian imperialism is something we intend to consider in a contemporary humanistic way. There will not be any death penalties imposed. But in the Russian regions, there will be lustration, which will forever remove from power the imperial nomenklatura. All its accounts in Western or Chinese banks will be returned to the people of Russia’s regions.’”