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Russia ‘very restrained’ considering Washington’s plot for Ukraine

Published time: March 12, 2014 08:18
U.S. and Polish soldiers listen as Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski speaks during his visit at the Lask airbase in central Poland March 11, 2014.  (Reuters/Kacper Pempel)

Russian reaction to the Ukraine crisis so far has been very restrained considering the level of ideologically driven strategic threat the US has brought to Russia’s borders, former member of the Reagan administration, Paul Craig Roberts, told RT.

RT: Ukraine’s deposed leader is claiming that Washington is breaking its own laws when offering money to the current authorities in Kiev. Does he have grounds for such claims?

Paul Craig Roberts: Of course, he is correct. The US has been lawless now for about four presidential terms. We don’t obey our laws, we don’t obey international laws, we torture people. The US is lawless. It does whatever it wants to do. I mean the government is lawless, Washington, the executive branch.

RT: Well if it has no credibility from your point of view, what do you make of the fact that US is supporting what Yanukovich said is a totally illegitimate government in Kiev?

PCR: They wanted to capture Ukraine for a long time. They tried in 2004 with the Orange Revolution and now they think they have it. They mainly wanted Ukraine in order to put missile bases all over Russia’s borders. And that is the main purpose.

Air force Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) plane (AFP Photo)

RT: So Putin’s response has come as no surprise to you?

PCR: I think the Russian response has been very restrained considering the level of strategic threat that Washington has brought to Russia.

RT: And talking about the strategic threat, what do you make of NATO sending forces to Ukrainian borders? Is it helpful in this tense time?

PCR: The Americans are reckless. How many countries have they invaded? How many places are they carrying out violence as we speak? They want world hegemony. There’re three countries in the way – Russia, China and Iran.

And so they are going to do whatever they can to weaken those countries so they cannot stand up to Washington’s hegemony.

And Ukraine, that is what Ukraine is all about, everyone knows it’s a coup plot by the Americans – I mean by Washington, I don’t think the American people have a clue. And Washington’s money is behind the coup and that Washington is not paying attention to some of the unsavory elements that are participating in this new government, because all Washington wants are military bases in Ukraine in order to intimidate Russia and to degrade Russia’s military capabilities.

And that is what the whole thing is about. So it is dangerous because Washington is intent on exercising its hegemony over the world and so that is what you are faced with. This is a direct, ideologically driven, strategic threat to the sovereignty of Russia.

Comments (15)


Azul 15.03.2014 14:43

FACT - Crimea is Russian.

Another FACT, back in 1939 Danzig was German ...and WWII started over that issue.

Cool heads and a practical diplomacy is required here - We are fortunate that Russia has a capable President like Vladimir Putin.

Unfortunat ely USA and EU are under the control and influence of greedy and dangerous corporate interests, and these may be prepared to gamble on share holder value accruing from a longer term destablisation of Russia and an ultimate exploitations of its resource assets.


Adam Perkins 14.03.2014 16:10

russia is just land grabbing and only want the land because as vladimir putin said "i want to rebuild the former soviet union"


Regula 13.03.2014 11:49

It won't likely result in a war between the US and Russia - the US is in too much debt: both Russia and China hold a large amount of US debt and can likely sack the US economy without even affecting their own too much. China has assiduously opened up new markets to be less dependent on the US. The EU will in time split off of the US in order not to be drawn into war with Russia. That may lead to a reformulation of NATO. It is likely that the EU will in fact ally with Russia in case of a war. Which makes a upfront war unlikely. The US now destabilizes using proxy forces to do the fighting.

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