Kremlin adviser steps up war of words with U.S. over Ukraine

ASTANA Thu May 29, 2014 9:29am EDT

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ASTANA (Reuters) - An outspoken Kremlin adviser accused the United States on Thursday of trying to stoke a military conflict between Russia and European nations over Ukraine for its own economic gain.

Sergei Glazyev, an economic adviser to President Vladimir Putin with responsibility for ties with Ukraine, said the United States' economy and global standing had benefited in the past from wars in Europe.

"Now they (the United States) are unfurling a war in Ukraine, after organizing a coup and putting their own people in charge, to use Ukraine as a detonator against Russia and Europe," Glazyev told reporters in the Kazakh capital, Astana.

"There is growing chaos in Ukraine, and the chaos is increasingly acquiring the traits of a global catastrophe," he said before Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan signed a treaty creating a new trading bloc.

Glazyev did not provide any evidence to support his comments but said unidentified foreign mercenaries had been seen arriving in Ukraine to fight pro-Russian armed rebels in the east.

His comments were characteristically confrontational for an adviser who has regularly staked out more radical positions than the Russian government or the Kremlin, which at times has distanced itself from his remarks.

The crisis in Ukraine, from which Russia has annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, has caused the worst tensions in relations with the West since the Cold War ended.

The United States has denied instigating events which forced the removal of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, described by Moscow as a coup d'etat, and says it wants a peaceful resolution to the crisis. Washington has denied reports about U.S. mercenaries operating in Ukraine and says there is evidence of Russian support for the rebels there.

Pro-Russian separatists shot down a Ukrainian army helicopter on Thursday, killing 14 soldiers including a general, as government forces pressed ahead with an offensive to crush the rebellion.

Glazyev said the situation in Ukraine was already a "de facto war".

"Any war in Europe results in great gains for America, in the strengthening of its geopolitical influence, and they are sticking to their tradition," he said.

Glazyev said Ukraine's newly elected president, Petro Poroshenko, could be considered legitimate only if he halted a military operation to flush out the rebels in the east.

"The only the thing he could undertake to legitimize his position, would be to stop the clearly illegal and inhumane operation in the southeast," he said.

(Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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Nagant wrote:
Glazyev is exaggerating, to put it lightly. However the frustration of Russians can and should be at least understood and, ideally, addressed.
If we go back in history, Kennedy almost unleashed a nuclear WW3 when the Soviets got in bed with Castro, and the significance of Cuba for the US is orders of magnitude less than that of Ukraine for Russia. We don’t have a land border with Cuba, nor Cubans had a lot of family in America back then. A bunch of beachfront hotels, even doubling as brothels, surely were not worth as much as a huge piece of military-industrial complex that was literally torn off with disintegration of USSR. For example, most of engines for Russian helicopters are still built in Ukraine (by the way, in the Eastern part of it, right next to were rebellion goes on), and that’s only a small part of the whole picture.
You say, USSR wanted to place their nukes in Cuba? But in Russian logic, maybe somewhat twisted, but still legit, Ukraine joining EU will inevitably (well, here I disagree, though chances are greater than 0) result in Ukraine joining NATO and becoming a forward base for forces targeting Russia. And, by the way, in exchange for Khrushchev’s promise not to place nukes in Cuba, Kennedy removed a number of nuke-tipped missiles already deployed in Turkey and targeting the South-West of USSR, including most of what now is Ukraine.

May 29, 2014 10:28am EDT  --  Report as abuse
leesik wrote:
@Nagant – where did you get your logic? Or should I say, lack thereof… Kennedy almost unleashed nuclear WW3… Sorry man but I think your mind is completely twisted with the Kisiylov cool-aid. You guys really need to put down the glass – look what happened to Jonestown…

May 29, 2014 1:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Nagant wrote:
@leesik
Where did you find my logic in the post? There’s no logic, just facts, plain and simple, the rest is your twisted imagination. Stop smoking that weed, it does you no good. Or, if you are an Ukrainian, put away that piece of bacon (сало) that gets you high. You can’t even get the name right, it’s not “Kisiylov”, it’s Kiselev.

May 29, 2014 4:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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