Ukraine: The situation in East-Europe is getting serious

On March 24, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky signed a decree that is equivalent to a declaration of war against the Russian Federation. In said document, officially titled Presidential Decree Number 117/2021, Ukraine’s U.S. government-backed political leader declares that from now on the official guideline of Ukrainian foreign policy is to retake the Crimean Peninsula from the Russian Federation. What is going on here?

Biden: Crimea is integral part of Ukraine, Blinken promises full support
This declaration, according to the contents of which Ukraine will take back the Crimean peninsula from the Russian Federation and reintegrate it into its own territory, followed US President Biden’s inflammatory and foolish statement according to which the Crimean peninsula is “an integral part of Ukraine” – and may have been caused on that basis in the first place.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who was among the chief architects of the U.S.-backed coup in Ukraine in 2014, continued to whip up Ukrainians, in the process reneging on a promise of full U.S. support to “preserve the territorial integrity” of Ukraine.

Many Americans, meanwhile, wonder why their own government doesn’t seem even half as concerned about the territorial integrity of the United States itself!

Pentagon chief follows up – arms delivery underway!
Not to be outdone by his Cabinet colleagues, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin, who has previously served on the board of directors of missile manufacturer Raytheon, telephoned his Ukrainian counterpart earlier this month to assure him of “full and unwavering U.S. support in favor of preserving Ukrainian sovereignty.”

While the United States considers the Crimean peninsula to be a territorial component of Ukraine, these actions are clearly a green light to the Kiev government to use military action. At the same time, Washington is acting as a supplier of weapons to the Eastern European country.

New weapons systems, totaling over 300 tons, have arrived in Ukraine over the past several weeks – and more deliveries are on the way.

Putin’s troop repositioning an understandable reaction
The Moscow government has responded to the signing of Zelensky’s presidential decree and the increasingly aggressive rhetoric in Kiev and Washington, as one would expect, by repositioning its own troop stocks closer to the Ukrainian border and moving other military equipment.

Does anyone really doubt that the Pentagon would not reposition its troops in the same way if, for example, the People’s Republic of China installed a hostile and aggressive government in Mexico and the United States found itself in a situation comparable to that of the Russian Federation?

But referring to the media arm of the military-industrial-congressional complex in the United States, the movement of Russian troops does not turn out to be a reaction to a clear threat from a neighboring state. Rather, it is simply more “Russian aggression.”

Should the job started in 2014 be finished at all costs via a blank check?
The mentally disturbed “experts” behind the 2014 coup against the democratically legitimized and majority-elected president of Ukraine (Viktor Yanukovych) have returned to the levers of political power and seem determined to finish the job they started back then – even if this would mean the outbreak of World War III!

The explicit pledges of American support to Ukrainian military ambitions in the region turn out to be nothing more than a blank check written to the Kiev government. But it is a check that the Kiev government would do well not to use.

Hungary was left alone despite all the promises….
Looking back to 1956, the U.S. government launched an endless propaganda offensive against Hungary, promising military support in case of an uprising against the Soviet occupiers.

When the Hungarians, relying on the promises from Washington, decided to revolt, they quickly realized that they were on their own and would be subject to Soviet retaliation.

Despite the relentless U.S. propaganda, at least then-President Eisenhower was wise enough to realize that no one in the world would benefit from a nuclear war in light of the events in Budapest at the time.

Representatives of the U.S. military apparatus carry out warmongering
Why is it even our business whether the Crimean peninsula is a part of Ukraine or a part of the Russian Federation? Why is it our business if the Russian-speaking population in eastern Ukraine prefers to be in a political-military alliance with the Russian Federation?

From this perspective, why do unproven allegations with regard to Russian interference in our presidential election prove to be a violation of the “rules-based, international world order” when this is not supposed to be the case with regard to a U.S.-backed coup against a democratically legitimate government in Ukraine?

We are witnessing a U.S. foreign policy whose guiding principles are determined by Raytheon and other contractors to the U.S. military apparatus – and, indeed, by former representatives and employees of these companies who at some point pass through a revolving door to find themselves in a high-level position within the U.S. government.

These include Lloyd Austin and a host of other figures. No-good “experts” in the field of U.S. foreign policy believe their own propaganda when it comes to the Russian Federation and are nudging us ever a little closer to the brink of war breaking out over these matters.

Meanwhile, it gives the impression that Americans are sleepwalking through this dangerous minefield. Let’s hope that an early awakening will set in before events blow us all up.

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Basically, it can be seen that the Biden administration is continuing the path taken by the previous administration of Donald Trump in American foreign policy, also with regard to Ukraine, but is now escalating. Already under the Trump administration, the White House gave the green light to accelerating arms deliveries to the Kiev government, already laying the groundwork for the escalation now emerging in Eastern Europe.

Certainly, Ukraine is not a NATO member, but that is precisely what the government in Kiev is now pushing for – namely, for the fastest possible admission. Under the former Obama/Biden administration, the conflicts in Ukraine, which have now lasted for seven years, were fomented; Victoria Nuland’s statements à la “Fuck the EU” and the confirmation that she had spent more than five billion US dollars on “regime change” in Ukraine remain unforgotten.

From the Americans’ point of view, a hoped-for dividend has so far been meager. Should Ukraine be admitted to the NATO alliance, it can be expected that the Russian Federation would take such a development as a reason to go to war. Less than 900 km from the East German borders, a military conflict would thus break out on Germany’s doorstep.

Is this kind of vassalage worthwhile towards a “hegemon” on the decline, whose political leadership seems to do everything in its power to drive an unbridgeable wedge between the EU, Germany and the Russian Federation?

How does the current situation surrounding the completion of the North Stream 2 natural gas pipeline fit into current developments? As Focus recently reported, german finance Minister Olaf Scholz is even prepared to put together a multi-billion absolution package to appease the Americans from a financial perspective. It would be the German taxpayer, not Olaf Scholz, who would have to pay for this seemingly mafia-like blackmail payment.

It is beginning to show that the situation in Europe is in danger of becoming serious. The European populations would be well advised to give these developments on their external border the attention they deserve before a conflict threatens to break out in which Russian tanks may soon be standing on the Dnieper or even on Poland’s eastern border.

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Mr. Rasmussen has been researching financial, monetary, and economic systems since the Dot-com bubble in 1999. His focus is on the analysis of American stock markets and the market driving policies. In addition to his journalistic activities, Mr. Rasmussen works as a self-employed energy and investment consultant in Norway.

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