"The Soviet Union has exhausted its possibilities. We can't remain in kindergarten forever; we must become a federation of nations. We shouldn't think that if our republic wants to secede that this will lead to destruction -- that is the old imperial stereotype. If a person is in unrequited love, he suffers. Now we must have mutual love.
"But you can't blindly copy what goes on, for instance, in the Baltics. They have a democratic Europe behind their back. They will be a key link between Europe and Russia. Kirghizia doesn't have that advantage. We have China...