“There is no Ukraine.” Zorkin brought Putin a map from the middle of the 17th century
On May 23, the Chairman of the Constitutional Court, Valery Zorkin, met on May 23 with the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin. At the meeting, he brought a map drawn up under the French king Louis XIV, and said that there was no Ukraine on this map. Putin said: “Of course.”
“Well, we know that these lands were simply part of the Commonwealth of Nations, and then they asked to be part of the Moscow kingdom. That’s all. And they turned out to be part of the Moscow kingdom. And only later, after the October revolution, all kinds of quasi-state formations began to form, and the Soviet power created Soviet Ukraine,” Putin said.
At the same time, as the journalists of “Verstka” pointed out, Crimea is not part of Russia on this map, the peninsula is circled as a separate state. In the 17th century, the Crimean Khanate was located there, which in alliance with the Ottoman Empire fought against Russia. In addition, the journalists noted that the territory where St. Petersburg will later be located is designated as Ingria and belongs to Sweden.
“Polygon.media” publication writes that on the map that Zorkin showed, Ukraine still exists. It is called “Ukraine pays des Cossacks” or “Ukraine, land of the Cossacks” in French. At that time, it was part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.