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Sputnik News (RIA Novosti) on February 2, 2015 

Opinion: US Sticks to Tried and True Policy of Supporting Coups

US President Barack Obama revealed the United States’ involvement in the Ukrainian crisis from its outset and admitted that the United States “had brokered a deal to transition power in Ukraine.” 

MOSCOW, February 2 (Sputnik) — US President Barack Obama’s recent interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakiria reveals the United States’ involvement in the Ukrainian crisis from its outset and that the country worked directly with Ukrainian right-wing fascist groups, experts told Sputnik.

On Sunday, in his interview with CNN, Obama admitted that the United States “had brokered a deal to transition power in Ukraine.”

“Obama’s statement is reiterating something that the world public opinion already knew — the US was involved in the coup of [ex-Ukrainian President] Viktor Yanukovych from the start. History shows us that the US has overthrown numerous governments in Latin America, Asia and Africa and replaced them with leaders that ruled with a fascist ideology that proved useful for Washington’s geopolitical interests,” independent researcher and writer Timothy Alexander Guzman told Sputnik.

Yanukovych’s decision to not sign an association agreement with the European Union in late 2013 triggered a mass wave of protests across Ukraine, culminating in the February 2014 coup. Following the transition of power, Kiev forces launched military operation against those who refused to recognize the legitimacy of the new government.

Guzman claimed that during the Ukrainian conflict, Washington and its NATO allies worked directly with right-wing Ukrainian Fascist groups, including the neo-Nazi inspired Right Sector militia.

International law professor at the University of Illinois College of Law Francis Boyle shares a similar opinion, also arguing also that Obama’s approach to Ukraine is no different to the neoconservative approach of former US national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, or political scientist Samuel Huntington’s “clash of civilizations” philosophy.

“I think he [Obama] has made it very clear that he is going to continue to take a Brzezinski hard-lined approach toward Ukraine and Russia and that there are not going to be any compromises at all, and effectively he expects President Putin to throw in a towel, capitulate, whatever, it does not appear to me there is any ground for negotiations in light of what President Obama at least said publicly,” he said in an email to Sputnik.

Boyle also stated that the United States may already be sending covert offensive military equipment to Ukraine, despite Washington’s claims that it provides Kiev only with non-lethal aid.

The expert also claimed that Obama’s ignorance of the Minsk agreements and of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposals to negotiate the conflict peacefully, indicates that Washington is going to continue with its aggressive policy in Ukraine.

“How can Russia tolerate this gang of Nazis in Kyiv [Kiev] setting up shop right there on the borders of Russia, and being armed, equipped and supplied by NATO? Of course, Russia cannot tolerate that,” Boyle concluded, adding that the Unites States itself would not tolerate such threats close to its borders.

“The very fact that Obama feels he needs to comment on [the] US direct role in the regime change [in Ukraine] and on Putin’s response over Crimea in this manner, rather than calling Putin a Hitler with well thought out expansionist designs, as has become the norm in the US, speaks for itself: perhaps, the White House is finally coming to the view that it needs to come to its senses and negotiate with Moscow,” Vlad Sobell, a professor at New York University’s Prague campus stated.

On Sunday, US President Barack Obama, in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakiria, explained that the United States “brokered a deal to transition power in Ukraine.” The US President said that Russian President Vladimir Putin made his decision to legally annex Crimea “not because of some grand strategy, but essentially because he was caught off-balance by the protests in the Maidan.”

In late 2013 a decision by Ukraine then-President Viktor Yanukovych to avoid signing an association agreement with the European Union triggered mass protests across Ukraine, dubbed Maidan, culminating in the February coup. Following the coup and a rise in aggressive nationalism in the country, Crimea seceded by referendum from Ukraine and rejoined Russia in March 2014.

Pepe Escobar, a correspondent for Asia Times, Hong Kong, who has closely followed developments in Ukraine, told Sputnik of his belief that every independent observer, including himself, “had known from the beginning those $5 billion, [US Assistant Secretary of State] Victoria Nuland’s number, over the years unleashed to boost ‘freedom’ in Ukraine one day would come to fruition.”

“And Putin was not ‘caught off-balance’,” Escobar added. “Russian intelligence knew in a few hours that Maidan would be replicated in Crimea, so the Kremlin acted swiftly,” he stated.

Professor Sobell claims that “Mr President [Obama] should be aware that Yanukovych fled [Ukraine] because he had solid reasons to fear for his life. The hallowed Maidan was not a peaceful democratic regime change, as it was presented in Western media, but a violent putch complete with murderous acts by hired assassins.”  Sobell states that unnamed EU officials affirm that on February 20 snipers shot both demonstrators and police dead, in order to provoke chaos. These crimes, he continued, are not being investigated by Kiev’s “democratic — Western values” regime or its Western sponsors, as “today it is ok to install a Nazi-driven regime by these means and then demand that Western tax- payers support it.”

According to Escobar, the way the Ukrainian coup will be perceived “all across the Global South is […] another US regime change operation, using local patsies.”  Commenting on the recent increase in hostilities between Kiev and independence supporters in the southeast of Ukraine, Sobell said the situation has changed in favor of the Donbas militia.

“Washington knows it and knows that they must either compromise, start genuine negotiations with Moscow and separatists, or escalate support for the Nazi regime by supplying it with arms. This would lead to major escalation of the conflict – at this point we cannot rule out that Obama will opt of this,” Sobell insisted.

Russia’s relations with the West deteriorated sharply in 2014, following Crimea’s reunification with Russia and the start of the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine. The United States and its allies accused Moscow of interfering in Ukraine’s internal affairs and imposed several rounds of economic sanctions, targeting Russia’s energy, banking and military sectors, as well as several high-ranking individuals.



RIA Novosti on May 13, 2014 

OPINION: UN Unlikely To Recognize Donetsk, Luhansk as Democratic Republics Because of US

© RIA Novosti. Evgeny Biyatov

MOSCOW, May 13 (RIA Novosti), Daria Chernyshova – Countries around the world are likely to recognize Donetsk and Luhansk as democratic republics, however the United Nations influenced by the US will not agree with the initiative, Timothy Alexander Guzman, an independent researcher and writer, told RIA Novosti Tuesday.

«Although most countries would support the new republics if a vote were to take place since both Donetsk and Luhansk had a democratic referendum on the issue of self-determination, but there is an elephant in the room, and that is the United States,” Guzman said. «They have major stake in the voting power at the United Nations, namely the UN Security Council.”

He also noted that most countries around the world are likely to recognize Donetsk and Luhansk where over 90 percent of the people voted for for self-determination as newly democratic republics on Sunday. «Keep in mind that several nations already do not recognize the current Ukrainian government as Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa declared this past March,” Guzman pointed out.

At the same time, Donetsk People’s Republic’s official spokesman Andrei Kramar said the republic was not planning to press for UN recognition of its independence. Luhansk leadership didn’t rule out the possibility of filing an independence bid with the UN.

«For the United Nations to recognize Donetsk and Luhansk as independent states would be extremely difficult as long as the United States is on the UN Security Council,” Timothy Alexander Guzman told RIA Novosti. However, the US has supported independence for countries that «would only serve their special interests such as the oil-rich South Sudan when a majority voted for independence from Sudan during a civil war. US oil companies were satisfied with the results.»

«But, when it comes to Palestinian statehood, they normally vote against it, especially since Israel has no interest in a Palestinian state as its neighbor. In 2012 when the United Nations voted to recognize a Palestinian state, but the US and Israel rejected the outcome,” Guzman reminded.

Explaining the reasoning of the Obama administration, Guzman said it is concerned because «both new entities will most likely have diplomatic and economic relations with Russia and other nations considered enemy states to Washington, such as Iran and Syria.» The Ukrainian people meanwhile do not want «a neo-fascist regime that will follow Washington’s orders to further destabilize the region and place military bases armed with nuclear missiles in close proximity to Russian territory.”

He also warned that Washington could back Kiev «under the direction of the CIA to create a civil war or even a «false flag» operation to blame Russia which would justify an invasion to regain political and economic control of the Eastern Ukraine.”

Moscow said it respected the will of the people in Ukraine’s southeastern provinces and hoped the regime in Kiev would do the same. The US and EU denounced the results of the vote.