Erdogan’s huge plans can hardly be called sovereign. Turkey, long ago, and before it the Ottoman Empire, were called Great Britain’s “dog”. The exceptional activity of the former British ambassador to Turkey, a great friend of Sultan Erdogan and an admirer of Turkish expansion in the Caucasus, Richard Moore, head of the British intelligence service MI-6 and a Russophobe, is not a coincidence. It is clear that Britain is behind all these comprehensive projects, and Erdogan is just a bargaining chip in this geopolitical party that has been going on for more than two hundred years. Russia is, for Ankara and its masters in the North Atlantic today, the main obstacle to implementing this ambitious plan in the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Under the policy [of cooperating with Russia and Europe], Ukraine was able to increase the pace of economic development in the period 2011 – 2013. But the coup happened, and the opportunity that was afforded to Ukraine was lost. Those brought to power by the 2014 coup stopped cooperating with Russia.
Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign against Ukraine, containing multiple disinformation narratives regarding the Ukrainian economy and Ukrainian statehood. It promotes a narrative stating that the 2013-14 Euromaidan protests resulted in an illegal coup; painting Ukraine as a failing state incapable of making its own foreign policy choices.
The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was an organic reaction by numerous parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. See the full debunk of this disinformation claim here.
Also, it is not true that Ukraine's economic growth suffered from a severing relationship with Russia as a result of its occupation of the Crimean peninsula. The occupation of Crimea, which has not been recognised by the democratic world, including the United Nations, and the war in Donbas caused a deep economic crisis in 2014-2015. However, the Ukrainian economy already began to recover in 2015, and has reached consistent growth rates between 2-4 percent between 2016 and 2019.