US oligarchs believe Russia belongs to them: "In
the years following the end of the Soviet Union, the idea that Russia
was "ours to lose" gained wide currency in American foreign policy
circles. The Clinton administration sought to dismantle the remaining
state apparatus of Soviet-era Russia and replace it with a new liberal civil society that took its cues from Washington."...May 2018, "The Cold War Culture War," James Carden, American Affairs Journal...In a 9/26/2013 Washington Post column US neocon Gershman called Ukraine "the prize." In 2014, after 22 years and $5 billion US tax dollars US won the "prize" by engineering a "regime change" in Ukraine. "Regime change" is a politically correct term for "coup."
10/8/2015, "The West must 'treat Russia properly': Juncker," AFP, Berlin
"The West must "treat Russia properly" and address it as an equal,
European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursday, criticising
US President Barack Obama for labelling Moscow a mere regional power.
know from my conversations with (Russian President Vladimir) Putin that
he (does not accept) phrases like when Barack Obama said Russia was a
regional power. What does that mean? You can't talk about Russia like
that," Juncker told a conference in the southern German town of Passau.
"We must, I say frankly, treat Russia properly," he said, "Russia should be treated as an equal."
began a bombing campaign in Syria last week, radically changing the
course of the four-and-a-half-year conflict and providing a massive
boost to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
relations with the West were already at a post-Cold War low after last
year's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and its subsequent support
of rebels in eastern Ukraine.
Juncker, while urging a new stance to Moscow, stressed that Russia must also "make huge advances", adding
that its role in Crimea and east Ukraine was unacceptable.
Europe and the US have imposed sanctions on Russia as a result of its annexation of Crimea early last year.
nations have also been highly critical of Russia's military
intervention in Syria, accusing Moscow of seeking to prop up the regime
of President Bashar al-Assad more than tackling the Islamic State
jihadists operating there."
Added: In a 9/26/2013 Washington Post column US neocon Gershman calls Ukraine "the prize." It took US oligarchs 22 years and $5 billion US tax dollars before they were able to take possession of their prize. They did that in Feb. 2014 by engineering the violent overthrow of Ukraine's elected government. Following is source of $5 billion figure and description of US strategy leading up to Ukraine "regime change" (the politically correct term for "coup") in Feb. 2014:
$5 billion US taxpayer dollars were spent interfering in Ukraine from 1991-2013, per a December 2013 speech by Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland to the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation....Nuland said, "Since Ukraine's independence in 1991, the United States has supported Ukrainians as they build democratic skills and institutions....We have invested over $5 billion to assist Ukraine [at about 7:30 in You Tube video] in these and other goals that will ensure a secure and prosperous and democratic Ukraine." Ms Nuland ends her speech as follows: "As we take Ukraine into the future that it deserves." Who is "we"? Who in their right mind stands half a world away and presumes to "take" a country, in this case Ukraine and its population of 44 million people, in a particular direction?
6/3/18, "How and Why the US Government Perpetrated the 2014 Coup in Ukraine," Eric Zuesse, Strategic Culture
"Incontrovertible proofs will be presented here not only that it was a coup, but that this coup was organized by the US Government — that the US Government initiated the ‘new Cold War’;
Russia’s Government reacted to America’s aggression, which aims to
place nuclear missiles in Ukraine, less than ten minutes flight-time
from Moscow. During the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, America had reason to
fear Soviet nuclear missiles 103 miles from America’s border. But, after
America’s Ukrainian coup in 2014, Russia has reason to fear NATO
nuclear missiles not just near, but on, Russia’s border. That would be
If America’s successful February 2014 overthrow and replacement of Ukraine’s democratically elected neutralist Government doesn’t soon produce a world-ending nuclear war (World War III), then there
will be historical accounts of that overthrow, and the accounts are
already increasingly trending and consolidating toward a historical
consensus that it was a coup — that it was imposed by “somebody from the new coalition” — i.e., that
the termination of the then-existing democratic (though like all its
predecessors, corrupt) Ukrainian Government, wasn’t authentically a
‘revolution’ such as the US Government has contended, and certainly
wasn’t at all democratic, but was instead a coup (and a very bloody one, at that), and totally illegal (though backed by The West).
The purpose of the present article will be to focus attention on precisely whom the chief people are who were responsible for perpetrating this globally mega-dangerous (‘Cold-War’-igniting) coup — and thus for creating the world’s subsequent course increasingly toward global nuclear annihilation.
If there will be future history, then these are the individuals who will be in the docks for that history’s harshest and most damning judgments, even if there will be no legal proceedings brought against them. Who, then, are these people?
Victoria Nuland, US President Barack Obama’s central agent overseeing
the coup, at least during the month of February 2014 when it climaxed,
was crucial not only in overthrowing the existing Ukrainian Government,
but in selecting and installing its rabidly anti-Russian replacement.
The 27 January 2014
phone-conversation between her and America’s Ambassador in Ukraine,
Jeffrey Pyatt was a particularly seminal event, and it was uploaded to
you tube on 4 February 2014.
I have discussed elsewhere that call and its significance. Nuland
there and then abandoned the EU’s hope for a still democratic but less
corrupt future government for Ukraine, and Nuland famously said, on that
call “Fuck the EU,” and she
instructed Pyatt to choose instead the rabidly anti-Russian, and
far-right, Arseniy Yatsenyuk. This key event occurred 24 days before
Ukraine’s President Victor Yanukovych was overthrown on February 20th, and 30 days before the new person to head Ukraine’s Government, Yatsenyuk, became officially appointed to rule the now clearly fascist country. He
won that official designation on February 26th. However, this was only a
formality: Obama’s agent had already chosen him, on January 27th.
second landmark item of evidence that it had been a coup and nothing at
all democratic or a ‘revolution’, was the 26 February 2014
phone-conversation between the EU’s Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton and her agent in Ukraine investigating whether the overthrow had been a revolution or instead a coup; he was Estonia’s Foreign Minister, Urmas Paet, and he told her that he found that it had been a coup, and that “somebody from the new coalition” had engineered it — but he didn’t know whom that “somebody” was. Both
Ashton and Paet were shocked at this finding, but they proceeded
immediately to ignore that matter, and to discuss only the prospects for
Europe’s investors in Ukraine, to be able to get their money back —
their obsession was Ukraine's corruption. Ashton told Paet that she had
herself told the Maidan demonstrators, “you need to find ways in which
you can establish a process that will have anti-corruption at its
heart.” So, though the EU was unhappy that this had been a coup, they
were far more concerned to protect their investors. In any case, the EU
clearly wasn’t behind Ukraine's coup. Equally clearly, they didn’t much
care whether it was a coup or instead what the US Government said, a ‘revolution'.
The network behind this coup had actually started planning for the coup back
in 2011. That’s when Eric Schmidt of Google, and Jared Cohen, also now
of Google but still continuing though unofficially as US Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton’s chief person tasked to plan ‘popular movements’
to overthrow both Yanukovych in Ukraine, and Assad in Syria.
1 March 2013, the implementation of this plan started: the first “tech
camp” to train far-right Ukrainians how to organize online the
mass-demonstrations against Yanukovych, was held inside the US Embassy
in Kiev on that date, which was over
nine months before the Maidan demonstrations to overthrow Ukraine’s
democratically elected President started, on 20 November 2013."...
Added: Even in 2016 a violent coup of Russia is urged by a US insider: Longtime US warmonger Carl Gershman in a 10/6/2016 Washington Post column "called on Americans to "summon the will" to remove Russian President Putin from office."
Saturday, June 9, 2018
EU chief Juncker in 2015 said the West must treat Russia as an equal. He said: 'When Barack Obama said Russia was a regional power...You can't talk about Russia like that'-AFP, 10/8/2015....(US oligarchs think Ukraine is their "prize." After 22 years and $5 billion US tax dollars they finally won the "prize," Ukraine's 44 million people)
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