Putin’s desire for a new Russian empire won’t stop with Ukraine

Introduction — March 26, 2017

Putin demonised as the new Hitler. Click to enlarge

Putin demonised as the new Hitler. Click to enlarge

We haven’t seen such blatant propaganda since the Cold War. By portraying Moscow as the centre of a new ‘evil empire’, the Western media is now helping pave the way for conflict with Russia.
At least that appears to be the intention. In effect the media, of which the article below is an example, is preparing the Western public mentally for a military clash with Putin’s Russia.
Paradoxically this isn’t being done by a “rightwing” publication but by the supposedly “liberal-left” Guardian. Exactly the sort of media outlet that promotes gay rights and women’s ’empowerment’, and which seeks to portray traditional Christian values as somehow oppressive.
Such publications are now engaged in portraying Putin as being a modern day Stalin.
Significantly the Guardian article is by one Pavlo Klimkin, who also happens to be the Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Meaning that the Guardian is now acting as a full-blown propaganda mouthpiece for the Western aligned junta in Kiev, whose oligarchs want to throw in their lot with NATO and the European Union.
The headline says it all: once Putin has finished with the Ukraine he’ll look to expand “the new Russian empire”. Meaning that if NATO and the western allies don’t aid the Kiev junta in its current face-off with Moscow, then it wont be long before Russia starts looking further west. Ed.

Putin’s desire for a new Russian empire won’t stop with Ukraine

Pavlo Klimkin — Guardian.co.uk March 25, 2017

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Pavlo Klimkin

My country has suffered terribly from the Kremlin’s obsession with restoring Soviet hegemony. But the entire security of Europe and the west is at stake.

Over the past decade Europe has sleepwalked into an increasingly precarious and less safe place. The postwar order that provided so much peace and stability across the continent appears to be breaking up.

Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, as much as rejoiced in this at the recent Munich security conference when he spoke of the a new “post-west” era in Europe. Reversing the breakup of the Soviet Union and restoring the Russian empire have now become an obsession for the Kremlin. There are three things central to understanding what motivates Russia, and how Vladimir Putin’s government works.

The first is Russkiy mir – “Russian world”: a philosophy that harks back to the Soviet era. Central to it is the belief that Ukraine is part of a greater Russia. In 1991, after the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russia was too weak to resist when more than 92% of my fellow Ukrainians voted for an independence we had hungered for over centuries. Gradually, however post-Soviet Russia has sought to exert its influence over my country, and when in 2014 a popular revolution ousted Viktor Yanukovych, it was more than Russia could stomach.

It subsequently illegally annexed Crimea and invaded Donbas in support of the so-called “People’s Republics of Luhansk and Donetsk”, which my government believes to be little more than a mixture of terrorist and criminal organisations.

Russia’s appetite for hegemony does not stop with Ukraine. It greedily eyes other former states and satellites of the Soviet Union, and more broadly seeks to destabilise and divide the rest of Europe and the wider transatlantic alliance. It is instructive that the Kremlin is commissioning new statues of Stalin, one of the 20th century’s worst mass murderers.

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