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‘Ukraine govt negotiating tactics designed to make Moscow crazy’

William Engdahl is an award-winning geopolitical analyst and strategic risk consultant whose internationally best-selling books have been translated into thirteen foreign languages.

Published time: June 16, 2014 10:54

This handout picture taken and released by the Ukrainian Prime Minister press-service on June 16, 2014, shows Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (2nd L), Ukrainian Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Yuriy Prodan (L), head of Ukrainian Naftogaz state oil and gas firm Andriy Kobolev (3rd L), EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger (C) and head Russian state gas firm Gazprom Alexei Miller (R) taking part in talks over Russia's gas supply to Ukraine, in Kiev. (AFP Photo / Andrew Kravchenko)

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The policy in Kiev is being dictated by Washington and by NATO, but it has nothing to do with national interests of Ukraine, geopolitical analyst William Engdahl told RT.

RT: So no more delays for Ukraine this time, Russia says no money, no gas. Will this finally push Kiev to pay its debt?

William Engdahl: I think that Vladimir Putin and Aleksey Miller could stand on their heads and spit wooden nickels till the cows come home and that wouldn’t change the situation in Kiev. The reason I say that is because the policy in Kiev is being dictated by Washington and by NATO and not by national interests of Ukraine. This is the Achilles heel of Russia right now in terms of one of them, the major one, the energy flows from Gazprom through Ukraine and to the EU and Ukraine itself, but the main thing is the transit through Ukraine to the EU. This is one reason why Ukraine was targeted by NATO, by Victoria Nuland and neocons in Washington to weaken Russia, to weaken Putin.

The negotiating tactics of the Ukrainian government in Kiev are simply designed to make someone crazy in Moscow. You appeared to compromise, you appeared to be reasonable, and suddenly everything collapses. Poroshenko had a meeting with Putin and said “We are going to end the fighting in the Eastern Ukraine” and the next day he orders bombing of civilians. So this is a kind of sign up to warfare that is going now, there is nothing to do with national interests, it has to do with a NATO puppet government that is designed to essentially make Putin go crazy. I don’t think that it is succeeding.

This handout picture taken and released by the Ukrainian Prime Minister press-service on June 16, 2014, shows Ukrainian Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Yuriy Prodan (L) and head Russian state gas firm Gazprom Alexei Miller (R) arriving for talks over Russia's gas supply to Ukraine, in Kiev. (AFP Photo / Andrew Kravchenko)

RT: The EU still says it believes the dispute will be resolved soon. Do you share that optimism?

WE: The EU's hands are not clean on the whole Ukraine issue. The EU has tried a couple of times feebly to make compromises. February 21 was a stunning example, and one day later the whole thing collapsed, and the EU Merkel government and other governments that tried to compromise like little puppy dogs lined up behind Washington and supported the neo-Nazi regime, the first since WWII in any country in the world might to my knowledge.

The EU is not playing with an honest pack of cards. The EU is making very sly politics on this, but the politics is not being dictated in Brussels or in Berlin, it is being dictated in Washington and that is the alarming thing about all of this.

RT: Europe is still set to suffer as the result of the no negotiation being achieved between Russia and Ukraine. What do you think?

WE: This is not a simple business energy negotiations, this is war through economic means and other means. People don’t quite get it. This is real serious preamble to WWIII. Certain fractions in the West, very powerful, very rich people, say “We need to go back to the Cold War, even a brutal WWII, a situation when you really have power. We are losing it everywhere, so we have to take drastic means.” That is what is going on.

RT:Do you think Russia is to blame for all this?

WE: Russia is bent over backwards. I am astonished at the degree of willingness to compromise that the Russian government and Putin and Gazprom are showing in these negotiations. They are not at all to blame on this, they are quite the opposite. They have been owed half a billion dollars since that coup d’état in February or even before and they have been very patient. They even offered very generous terms for the repayment of this debt. They are not to blame.

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Comments (7)

 

Ivan888 29.07.2014 23:11

William Engdahl says Russia is"... not at all to blame on this, they are quite the opposite."

Russia is to blame because:
1. Russia let США (USA) destroy Libya;
2. Has not well defended Syria:
3. Broken the promise to protect Christians;
4. Russia believed EU lies and then let США hijack & fortify Ukraine with out doing anything to stop them when they were weak.

 

penelope powell 27.06.2014 23:54

Suzanne: Thank you for your comments. I find it personally reassuring that there are others who understand what is happening.

The American people are not bad, but are greatly dysfunctional as intellects and as citizens. The propaganda that they have been subject to for so long has created a world view so stuffed with lies that it can be difficult to know where to start in order to disabuse a single person.

 

Suzanne Majo De Kuyper 26.06.2014 07:43

The United States has been killing it's old people for generations. Is big business. They are beginning to set this process up in the EU. First the medical professions are taught new ways to look at healing. The suicide rate of EU doctors is the highest ever recorded.

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