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News code: 21938
Published Date: Tuesday 27 May 2014 - 21:29:13

Russia scapegoat for Ukraine crisis

Russia scapegoat for Ukraine crisis
World  - Press TV has conducted an interview with Dmitry Babich, a radio host with Voice of Russia from Moscow, about heavy fighting which occurred between pro-Russians and Ukraine forces at Donetsk's main airport.


The following is an approximate transcript of the interview.

Let’s start with what’s happening now in Donetsk at the international airport and the bombardment by the government forces.Do you see this event as a critical point and do you see this as a sign that it’s going to get even more violent than it already has been?
 I’m afraid we’re going to see a lot of violence in Donetsk and in Lugansk because now that Ukraine has a new president there is very little chance that he will stop military operations in the East – he vowed to continue these so-called anti-terrorist operations.

Donetsk did not take part in fact in the presidential election – less than ten percent participated even according to the official results from Kiev and Kiev is interested in presenting this election as free and fair and that’s inclusive for all Ukrainians.

But how can this election be inclusive when you have two big regions Lugansk and Donetsk, which represent basically 14 percent of the Ukraine electorate. They did not participate in the vote for the new president, Mr. Poroshenko. So, these regions don’t view Poroshenko as their president.

And there is very little chance that after all the violence and after all the insults that they have been experiencing during the last two months they will ever return back to the Ukrainian fold.

Let’s talk about the Russian position on this as well because we know from the latest news we’ve been getting is the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov saying Russia is willing to hold talks with Ukraine’s newly elected president. At the same time it says it also respects the vote and the results of the vote of the Ukrainian people.So, do you think we are going to see any shift in the way Russia is responding to the Ukrainian crisis?
 Well, I think that the Western press has been deceiving itself. The Western press thinks that there are no real protesters in the east of Ukraine, these are all Russian agents.

And the Western press also talked itself into believing that when they have a presidential election in Ukraine they can have Mr. Poroshenko who will just unite all Ukrainians and the separatist movement in Donetsk and Lugansk will end.

It’s just a big lie based on a sort of self-deception.

The reality is that there is a very bad internal conflict in Ukraine - for many decades actually. The west and the center of Ukraine have been insulting and mistreating the east of Ukraine.

If you read the press in Kiev they present the people in Donetsk as pro-Soviet, not-European, not fit to live in independent Ukraine. So, there is a real civil war in Ukraine going on. And Russia has very little to do with it.

But the West wants to believe that there is no civil war, that these are just Russian agents. I think in the near future we will see that Russia has very little to do with it.

What we see is a terrible conflict, which broke out because of the coup d’état in Kiev three months ago. This coup d’état was supported by the Western powers and now they want to take responsibility off themselves and put it on Russia.       


Tags:: russia - Ukrain
News Code: 21938
Published Date: Tuesday 27 May 2014 - 21:29:13
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