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​Idea of sanctions against Russia ‘absurd’

Daniel McAdams is Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. He served as foreign affairs advisor to US Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) for 12 years.

Published time: March 13, 2014 03:03
U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands as he hosts a meeting with Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, March 12, 2014.(Reuters / Larry Downing)

Imposing sanctions on Russia is an act of war and will not serve its purpose, Ron Paul Institute's Daniel McAdams told RT. The Ukrainian stalemate can only be resolved by returning to February 21 agreement between Yanukovich and the opposition.

RT: Russia is pushing Europe to reconsider the legitimacy of the new leadership in Kiev and also investigate its alleged crimes. Do you think any of that will actually happen?

Daniel McAdams: Well, I’m pretty skeptical about these kinds of investigations, but the core disagreement between the US, the EU and Russia is really very simple – was the government installed after the coup legal, or is it not? And is Yanukovich legally, according to Ukrainian constitution still the president? So everything else I think is sort of window dressing. The two sides fundamentally disagree on this.

I think there is a quite easy solution to this problem, which is probably, not that I’m in the business of giving advice, but go back to the 21 February agreement where you will have an extremely weak president in power. He will have some sort of a technical government taking over until the elections can be organized. It is a face-saving measure for the US. The Russians don’t get everything that they want. The problem can be solved, but it will take some sacrifice, some listening and some consideration that the coup is not legitimate.

RT: And the things have moved on now rapidly with this upcoming referendum in Crimea on Sunday. Why are the Western governments so opposed to its bid for independence?

DM: Well you know it is funny, former ambassador to Moscow Michal McFaul has been twitting away about “Crimea is not Kosovo, Crimea is not Kosovo!” Madeline Albright, former secretary of state has chimed in as well.

It is kind of interesting to see the people who supported the lawless coup in the streets of Kiev, now all of the sudden being the strongest stringers for every fine point in the Ukrainian constitution. You know it is quite funny. The point of the matter is that there are differences and there are similarities…

RT: Alright, what are the parallels then? Do you think the Crimeans do have the right to draw a parallel to what happened in Kosovo?

DM: Well the point to be made is the double standards of the US and the hypocrisy of the US. The US has been endlessly going on about the will of the Albanian people in Kosovo, how they have the right to express their view and their will and have their own future.

And now that the shoe is on the other foot, the place that they don’t want to break away, they are saying something very, very different. Which is that they don’t have the right to do the same thing. So the hypocrisy is more important, than whether or not they have the right to do this.

RT: If the vote does go ahead, and the Crimeans vote for independence, the G7 says they will not recognize this bid for independence. What actually could these countries do about it?

DM: Well are they going to isolate, are they going to sanction a major world power, in particularly when you have both China and India recently expressing support for the Russian position? It is absurd. This is not Syria, this is not Cuba that you are going to embargo. In any case sanctions are an act of war. And it is a ridiculous move for the US and EU to face. Even the referendum is not necessary if you go back to the 21st agreement, back down, and look for a way forward. Can the US do that? I doubt it.

Comments (4)


My View 06.05.2014 09:15

This Yat the rat certainly stands up to his name. Every time he speaks, lies spew from his head. He certainly is a US owned rat.


Brian Tomlinson 18.03.2014 18:49

What a tragedy the US is so stupid . Outside of Ron Paul , I don't hear a single intelligent remark coming from the US administration. I am in Moscow , you should see the depth of feeling and total support for President Putin . That includes me . I have lived in the East since 1978 . First in Poland from 78 -83 . Donald Tusk is the warmonger driving for NATO to expand . I see Lvov and Western Ukraine going to Poland and Eastern Ukraine the other way . BUT- the present push buy NATO is madness in the extreme


Mahendra Sharma 13.03.2014 14:30

The moot issue is who would prevail in enforcing the feb 21st agreement. The Mavericks ( US / NATO) like to project as if the International Laws do not apply to them & that they are the ordained ( self ) enforcer (with suiting modifications if you please) of the same. A good ways to start would be with UNSC expansion, moving the UN HQ. out from US to UAE / Afghanistan moving most of the key UN agencies to either Africa or Latin American countries. BRICS can become a median in giving the World an alternate currency to dollar / euro, thereby creating a level paying field. Is BRICS mature enough for an adventure?

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