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‘US blaming Ukrainian authorities for violence is catastrophic move’

Published time: February 21, 2014 07:35

Independence Square in Kiev February 20, 2014. (Reuters/Yannis Behrakis)

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Washington’s putting all of the blame for the violence in the streets of Kiev on the government is irresponsible and dangerous, Martin Sieff, chief global analyst at the Globalist Research Center and editor-at-large at the Globalist told RT.

Sieff believes the turmoil in Ukrainian has been triggered by pressures from the EU, unwilling to accept Kiev’s decision to put European integration deal on hold. Now the stance that the US and the EU have taken in supporting the insurgents in Ukraine might inspire similar processes in Western Europe, where secessionist movements are on the rise.

RT: We've heard a number of people say on this very channel today, that with America's unconditional backing - the opposition feels it can get away with a lot more. Could Washington's support be fueling the violence?

Martin Sieff: To some degree yes but not totally. Washington is certainly culpable, but I think Washington is being ill-served by Brussels and the European Union. The primary triggers for the crisis came from the pressures that the European Union put on Ukraine and for the EU’s refusal to play a good loser when President Yanukovich decided that he could not go through with the terms that the EU had laid down for association.

Washington has followed Brussels’ lead continually on this and they should not have done so. The US State Department, at the highest policy-making levels, is relatively weakly staffed when it comes to Europe and, for that matter, Russia. The main emphasis in recent years has been primarily on the Asian Pacific and also on the Middle East. They’ve ignored Europe and this lack of high-powered expertise is now starting to tail.

RT: What do you make of Washington blaming the authorities in Kiev for this violence?

MS: It’s a catastrophic move, it’s a revolutionary move. There are far greater dangerous implications to this than anybody in Washington or Western Europe seems to realize. It is placing the European Union and the United States on the side of revolutionary chaos and disorder not just in other countries around the world, which would be bad enough, but in the heartland of Europe. This is very dangerous and irresponsible.

RT: Did the EU and the US not see the rise of nationalism and extremism in these riots? In effect what we’re seeing is a revolution and that’s what the nationalists want. Is that what the EU and US wanted?

MS: They ought not to want it, you’re absolutely right. For the EU especially there is an enormous paradox here. The forces that are seeking to break up Ukraine are the same forces that are seeking to destabilize Western European nations. There are major secessionist movements within Western European nations. We see Scotland, very peacefully, about to become independent with its referendum vote scheduled for later this year. Spain has acted very successfully to prevent the disintegration of its country, especially the Barcelona/Catalonia region. The Northern league is a very powerful force, and a relatively moderate responsible force but if rioting was taking place in the street of Spain, France, Italy, Britain, with the express purpose of toppling the government and splitting the state, Europe would not be fanning the forces of destruction along. They would be reining them in. Why then are they fanning the flames over there [in Ukraine]?

Comments (87)


Morningside 19.04.2014 14:34

The U.S. Long time ago and up to retirement, a admirable country. Thanks to Hollywood, writers, and music. Giving comments, online, on a conservative webpage, about the funny behavior of McCain was a eye opener. Banned for just stating that this man, president candidate, is supplying arms to pro Nazi, and friends of the ones that inflicted/wrote history like 9/11. Me, working class, retired, an a ban from the so admired America. Are thy that stupid?


Galmukovff 16.04.2014 02:27

Many of us U.S. citizens are telling our elected officals to keep hands off, and nose out of Ukraine and EU.


hurz kuhle 09.04.2014 09:52

'...Washington is being ill-served by Brussels and the European Union.'

Yes , of course, Washington is always ill-served by someone else. And the buck is passed to....BRUSSEL!

As if Brussel invited McCain and Nuland to join the demonstrators and give them cake.
As if NATO and Department of State are Partners of Yetsenyuks foundation because EU asked for.
As if their is no interest of the FED to FEDten the EU for their own purpose.
As if there are not enough own interests for the corrupt US gov to initiate this crisis.

I guess Powell was lying about WMD in Iraq on behalf of Brussel.

An yway, Brussel is evil too.

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