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NATO arming Ukraine with Soviet weapons – Deputy PM Rogozin

Published time: July 04, 2014 10:23
Ukrainian troops outside the town of Andreyevskoe near Slaviyansk, Donetsk Region (RIA Novosti/Mikhail Voskresenskiy)

Ukrainian troops outside the town of Andreyevskoe near Slaviyansk, Donetsk Region (RIA Novosti/Mikhail Voskresenskiy)

NATO’s newest Eastern European members are handing over their Soviet arms stockpiles to the Ukrainian army, Russia’s Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin says, adding that the alliance is in danger of pouring gasoline on the flames of that country’s civil war.

Rogozin, who supervises the Russian military industry, has tweeted that NATO is asking its newest members to get rid of operable Soviet military equipment and send it to Ukraine, to aid the miserable state of the country’s military hardware.

“In turn, the US is ready to compensate for the “losses” of the newly coopted NATO member states. The American military-industrial complex must be happy,” Rogozin wrote in his Twitter account.

“By the way, this is NATO’s commonplace to put out civil wars’ fire with aviation kerosene,” Rogozin added.

Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin (RIA Novosti/Sergey Mamontov)

Over the months of Ukraine’s hot political crisis, NATO member states, primarily the US, announced they are planning non-lethal aid to Ukrainian troops, supplying uniforms and tents, and even promising to deploy a number of military instructors to train the Ukrainian army to fight the adherents of federalization of the country in Eastern Ukraine.

Political commentator Mikhail Rostovsky told RIA Novosti news agency that the “US and EU are thinking not about Ukraine but about the neutralization of Russia.”

Rostovsky compared the current policies of the European and American leaders with that of British PM Margaret Thatcher and French President François Mitterrand towards the reunification of East and West Germany in 1990.

Speaking loudly about “the European choice for Ukraine,” the EU and US politicians are essentially seeking ways to drive a wedge between Moscow and Kiev to neutralize what they regard as Russia’s possible “imperial ambitions,” Rostovsky said. “We’re dealing with politics dictated by fear: God forbid the Kremlin’s imperial instincts got awakened! This is a matter of principle to deny the Kremlin such an opportunity and break Ukraine away from Russia.”

Rostovsky said he fully agreed with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who told Der Spiegel in late April that Europe has slid “into the worst crisis since the end of the Cold War.”

“Those who can remember the fall of the Berlin Wall know what we've accomplished over the past 25 years. The gains we've made almost everywhere in Europe in terms of peace, freedom and prosperity are now at risk,” Steinmeier said, adding that that it was important to take “every measure to prevent things [in Ukraine] from getting worse.”

Comments (172)


Seth90212 06.07.2014 00:58

[quote name='Terry Ross' time='05.07.2014 23:22']

Are you actually dumb enough to think the Russian economy is stronger than America's? Saudi Arabia has a budget surplus and a balance of trade surplus. Based on your "reasoning" ; they have a stronger economy than America.

Fi rst quarter GDP was an anomaly caused by unusually harsh weather. Please learn some basic economics before posting.

There are plenty of third world countries with better economic statistics than Russia. That's not the measure of strong economy. That is, unless you think those third world countries have stronger economies than America.


Terry Ross 05.07.2014 23:22

Seth90212 05.07.2014 22:53

The U.S. economy is booming.


So why is it that the US is having record DEFICITS in its balance of trade? ($47.2 bn DEFICIT in April compared to RU $19.8 bn SURPLUS.)

W hy was first quarter US GDP figure MINUS 2.9%?

Yes unemployment is down but it is still 6.3% (to Russia's 4.9%)

And why is its debt now over 100% of GDP? (US debt/GDP 106% compared to RU 12%)

Why are an increasing number of G8 countries and oil suppliers doing trade with China in Yuan?

When will the critical point be reached when countries like China start dumping the $US?


Seth90212 05.07.2014 23:03

Terry Ross 05.07.2014 23:01

And as i mentioned in a previous post falling oil price had nothing to do with disolution of USSR.

The Samotlor field which produced 25% of RU oil in 1989, had steep decline and by 1991 was producing less than 1/3 of peak production.

In Oct '91 USSR suspended oil sales due to this domestic shortage. Oil price ROSE $2 barrel and In Nov. 1991, USSR collapsed.


Th ere's never any single cause. But it certainly contributed significantly. The Soviets used oil sales to acquire dollars. Once that spigot was shut, they were screwed.

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