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    Did the US use democracy as a pretext to stifle the rise of Russia Eurasianism?

    Ariel Cohen, an influential US foreign policy advisor noted the following back in 2001, long before the overthrow of Yanukovich and the Russian annexation of Crimea.

    Russia's elites are preoccupied with advancing "Eurasianism," which sees Russia as the "ultimate World-Island state" apart from, and hostile to, the maritime and commercial Euro-Atlantic world. Russian analysts such as Yu. V. Tikhonravov argue that the nation holds a special place in the Eastern Hemisphere as a counterbalance to the "globalist" U.S.-led hegemony; their works are now part of the college curriculum approved by the Ministry of Higher Education.13 Because the West is so often portrayed as materialistic and corrupt, many Eurasianists advocate closer cooperation with China, the Arab world, and Iran while espousing anti-Turkic rhetoric.
    The re-absorption of Ukraine into Russia fold would bring about a new, quasi-imperial and undemocratic Great Russia.
    It is in U.S. interests to support Ukraine's independence, territorial integrity, democracy, economic reforms based on the rule of law, and sustainable pro-Western orientation.
    To achieve this, the new Bush Administration should:

    *Recognize the strategic importance of Ukraine, its continuous pro-Western orientation, as well as the threats to its independence. The Administration should utilize economic and political tools to support Ukrainian sovereignty and prevent its falling into the Russian orbit.

    These tools include "traditional" democracy assistance through the National Endowment for Democracy, the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute and International Foundation for Electoral Systems
    Was the promotion of Ukrainian democracy by the US merely a pretext used to thwart the rise of the concept of Russian Eurasianism?
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    Re: Did the US use democracy as a pretext to stifle the rise of Russia Eurasianism?



    Okay, this belongs elsewhere in the forum now .


    You figured it out, Mildsteel. Democracy assistance through the National Endowment for Democracy and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems is really just a cover for a CIA-Mossad Joint Operation with the Templars under the guidance of the Dead Poets Society to train up ISIL fighters and then use them in Ukraine to spark a civil war before exporting them to Syria in order to justify seizing the oilfields....

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    Re: Did the US use democracy as a pretext to stifle the rise of Russia Eurasianism?

    To the OP... Can you please ditch the headache-inducing oversize bolded text?


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    Re: Did the US use democracy as a pretext to stifle the rise of Russia Eurasianism?

    Quote Originally Posted by Simpleχity View Post
    To the OP... Can you please ditch the headache-inducing oversize bolded text?
    Sorry, but the emphasis is necessary.

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    Re: Did the US use democracy as a pretext to stifle the rise of Russia Eurasianism?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    Ariel Cohen, an influential US foreign policy advisor noted the following back in 2001, long before the overthrow of Yanukovich and the Russian annexation of Crimea.











    Was the promotion of Ukrainian democracy by the US merely a pretext used to thwart the rise of the concept of Russian Eurasianism?
    The USA is attempting in Ukraine to prevent Russian dominance over Energy supplies to Europe. The regulations imposed upon Russia in the South Stream pipeline reveal that pressure was attempted at every juncture. The Russians complied and agreed to more dictates than I would have. Alas, enough is enough, and the Russians switch to hardball. No more South Stream. The pipeline will go to Turkey and thence to Greece. That should be a minor salvation to the Greeks in their ongoing austerity program levied upon them by the EU and IMF. It will also shift allegiances to the Nations making them profit, like Russian Gas suppliers. Ukraine has always been an untrustworthy partner for Russia and the EU as regards the GasTransit. Ukraine has repeatedly siphoned off EU gas to the detriment of all involved. Our meddling in Ukraine force Russia to take action in Crimea to protect its' port and access to the Mediterranean. The Ukrainians have initiated a Civil War in Ukraine that could have likely been avoided with negotiation and the USA/CIA, including personal visits by Brennan (CIA head)to make sure there were no negotiations. In the meantime USA actions get a little backflash as Putin wisely negotiates huge trade and economic agreements with Asian alternatives. The USA and its' toadie EU apply sanctions, under false pretenses and Russia. The false nature made more blatant by Obama's CNN interview admitting to brokering the coup before Yanukovych, the democratically elected leader, was forced to flee by CIA allied and US State selected leaders to be. Two sham elections later and these toadies are installed with 18% of possible voters approval. The USA has managed to bring closer together an Asian, soon to be worldwide alliance, that doesn't approve of USA hegemony. We, the people of the USA, are fed from the dung heap know as perception management or Gov't/CIA controlled MSM media creating a lovely storybook of revisionist reality. Propaganda.

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    Re: Did the US use democracy as a pretext to stifle the rise of Russia Eurasianism?

    As far back as 1993, 22 years ago, Ariel Cohen made the following observations about Ukraine

    Ukrainian sovereignty, however, remains a crucial Western interest as Ukraine could serve as a geo political balance should Russia develop a more anti-Western foreign policy
    Also some interesting background on Crimea in that same 1993 piece.

    Many in Russia are still resentful and dismayed about the loss of Little Russia, as Ukraine was known, reacting to Ukrainian independence with horror and territorial claims In January and February of 1992, the now defunct Russian Parliament passed resolutions calling for the re-examination and annulment of the 1954 transfer of the Crimea from the Russian Federation to Ukraine. In June 1992, Russian Foreign Minister Andrey Kozyrev raised the possibility of pressing territorial claims against Ukraine. In February 1993 presidential advisor Sergei Stankevich protested against close Polish-Ukrai nian relations and described Ukraine as a Russian sphere of influence.1 On June 17,1993, President Yeltsin and Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk concluded a deal dividing the Black Sea Fleet and the naval base in Sevastopol. The Russian Parliament adopted a resolution the next month granting Sevastopol the status of a Russian city. This resolution was subsequently condemned by both Yeltsin and Kravchuk, as well as by the United Nations Security Council. On September 3, President Yeltsin announced that Ukraine had agreed to sell its share of the Black Sea Fleet to Russia, lease the Sevastopol naval base, and return all strategic nuclear warheads to Russia in exchange for cancellation of the $2 billion Ukrainian debt. This agreement called the Massandra Protocol, was widely denounced in Kiev. President Kravchuk explained that Russia had presented Ukraine with an ultimatum: either repay the debt or oil and gas supplies would be cut off. As a result of political strife, Ukrainian Prime Minister Leonid Kuchma and Defense Minister Konstantin Morozov resigned Russias fate will be the principal determinant of the regions evolution.

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    Re: Did the US use democracy as a pretext to stifle the rise of Russia Eurasianism?

    Quote Originally Posted by Simpleχity View Post
    To the OP... Can you please ditch the headache-inducing oversize bolded text?
    NO! Ukraine's independence, territorial integrity, democracy, economic reforms based on the rule of law, and sustainable pro-Western orientation are HUGELY SIGNIFICANT AND OBVIOUS FRONTS FOR EVIL MACHINATIONS OF THE EVIL SECRET POWERS WHO EVILY CONTROL THE WORLD FOR EVIL! ONLY BRIGHT RED TEXT IS CAPABLE OF COMMUNICATING THIS!

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    Re: Did the US use democracy as a pretext to stifle the rise of Russia Eurasianism?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveFagan View Post
    The USA is attempting in Ukraine to prevent Russian dominance over Energy supplies to Europe. The regulations imposed upon Russia in the South Stream pipeline reveal that pressure was attempted at every juncture. The Russians complied and agreed to more dictates than I would have. Alas, enough is enough, and the Russians switch to hardball. No more South Stream. The pipeline will go to Turkey and thence to Greece. That should be a minor salvation to the Greeks in their ongoing austerity program levied upon them by the EU and IMF. It will also shift allegiances to the Nations making them profit, like Russian Gas suppliers. Ukraine has always been an untrustworthy partner for Russia and the EU as regards the GasTransit. Ukraine has repeatedly siphoned off EU gas to the detriment of all involved. Our meddling in Ukraine force Russia to take action in Crimea to protect its' port and access to the Mediterranean. The Ukrainians have initiated a Civil War in Ukraine that could have likely been avoided with negotiation and the USA/CIA, including personal visits by Brennan (CIA head)to make sure there were no negotiations. In the meantime USA actions get a little backflash as Putin wisely negotiates huge trade and economic agreements with Asian alternatives. The USA and its' toadie EU apply sanctions, under false pretenses and Russia. The false nature made more blatant by Obama's CNN interview admitting to brokering the coup before Yanukovych, the democratically elected leader, was forced to flee by CIA allied and US State selected leaders to be. Two sham elections later and these toadies are installed with 18% of possible voters approval. The USA has managed to bring closer together an Asian, soon to be worldwide alliance, that doesn't approve of USA hegemony. We, the people of the USA, are fed from the dung heap know as perception management or Gov't/CIA controlled MSM media creating a lovely storybook of revisionist reality. Propaganda.
    Well Russian energy supplies to Europe have certainly been of interest to Mr Cohen. Here's something from a 2001 piece

    Meanwhile, the energy-hungry EU countries are concerned about the current instability in the Middle East and would like to increase their imports of Russian natural gas. Russia is already planning to sell electricity to Europe and Japan, and possibly to China. But history shows that energy trade is often linked to security cooperation. Political instability or policy differences can threaten energy exports and thereby force the dependent country to mute its concerns. For example, Europe, especially France, is already toning down criticism of Russia's actions in Chechnya. Poland is decreasing its support for Ukraine. Thus, with higher dependency on energy from Russia, the EU may become even less critical of Russia's assertive foreign policies.
    Also with regards to perception management, please note the efforts by one person here to mock the theme of this thread.

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    Re: Did the US use democracy as a pretext to stifle the rise of Russia Eurasianism?

    Here's an interesting observation from 2011

    Clearly, the paramount geopolitical interest of the U.S. remains prevention of a return of a Eurasian empire of reversal of the post-Cold War settlement in Eurasia.
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    Re: Did the US use democracy as a pretext to stifle the rise of Russia Eurasianism?

    Some more on Europe and Russian energy supplies from 2009

    Work with American allies and partners to diminish dependence on Russian energy. This is a vital component of any strategy designed to stem Russian aspirations to neutralize and “Finlandize” Europe by weakening its strategic alliance with the United States. The U.S., under President Obama’s leadership, should encourage its European allies to diversify their sources of energy, to add LNG and non–Russian-controlled gas from the Caspian, and nuclear energy and coal, as well as economically viable renewable energy sources.

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