At the beginning of 2000-ies Russia was on the verge of collapse, said in the program “Moscow. The Kremlin. Putin” Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to him, the division of the country sought not only terrorists but also the leaders of the individual republics, according to the website Вести.Ru.

Discussing the actions of the militants in the Caucasus, the head of state stressed that they “had every chance” to implement the idea of splitting Russia. However, Putin added, similar initiatives have existed in many regions of the country: in the North, in the center, in the Urals.

“the so-called charters or constitutions of the various republics of 60 of them could read anything, just not that they are part of the Russian Federation”, – said the President.

Today, says national leader, the intention to split Russia, the wish remains.

Earlier, as reported “the Rambler”, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin told, when it began the separation of Russia and Ukraine. According to him, the process started before the First world war.