There are serious signs that the Trump administration will continue
to seek better relations with Russia. It declines to get involved in the
hustling in Ukraine. It is ready to give up on the catastrophic
regime-change agenda the neocons implemented in Kiev with the help of
Ukrainian Nazi organizations.
Let us recap. On New Year the neo-conservative Senators McCain and
Graham were in Ukraine to fire up Ukrainian troops at the front lines
for a new fight with Russia supported rebels in Donetsk and Lugansk. A
few days later then Vice President Biden also dropped in on Kiev. The
three are declared enemies of Trump's more friendly position towards
Russia. They obviously intended to reignite the conflict in Ukraine to
sabotage Trump's new foreign policy.
The former Georgian President Saakashvilli has once fallen for the
Bush administration's incitement and attacked Russian peacekeepers in
South Ossetia. When that war went badly he received none of the hoped
for backup from Washington and NATO.
Poroshenko should have learned from that. Instead he fell for the
incitement and assurances from the senators and restarted the war with
the separatist. Multiple news outlets and even Ukrainian generals first admitted
that it was the Kiev government that started the current round of
fighting by "creeping" into the no-man's zone that was supposed to
separate the belligerents. But as usual the "western" media now try to
change history and to put the guilt on Russia. They press for a U.S.
"response" to the "Russian aggression".
At first it looked that this impressed the Trump administration. The new U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley held a speech
that might have been written by her "wailing banshee" predecessor
Samantha Powers. It condemned Russia for about everything and promised
that sanctions on Russia would stay. But two days later she visited
the Russian UN ambassador Churkin in his private home in New York city
to make nice. The speech was probably just a head-fake or some
The Ukrainian President Poroshenko had tried for several days to get a
phonecall scheduled with President Trump. But on Thursday Trump met,
very shortly though, Poroshenko's opposition in Ukraine Yuliya
Tymoshenko. She is a former prime minister and - said mildly- a
controversial figure: always scheming, lying and ready to be offered and
take huge bribes. But with some help she could probably win an election
in Ukraine should Poroshenko step down.
Only on Saturday Trump finally had a phonecall with Poroshenko. The very short readout is a blast. It speaks of "Ukraine's long-running conflict with Russia" and adds:
"We will work with Ukraine, Russia, and all other parties
involved to help them restore peace along the border," said President
Ukraine's conflict is not with Russia and the fighting is not along
the border. It is a genuine civil war, ignited by a U.S. regime change
operation in Kiev, in witch both side have external support. That Trump
does not describes it that way leaves lots of room for interpretation.
Is there a new "Russian border" along the current line of the ceasefire?
What about the Minsk2 process which Ukraine has failed to implement?
What about sanctions?
But the most important points: There is no mention of weapon or other
support for Kiev. There is no blame on Russia for the renewed violence
at the front-line.
My instant micro interpretation of the readout was:
Trump to Poroshenko (translated): I know you started this on
order of McCain/Graham/Biden. Screw you. You will win nothing. You are
Poroshenko had fired up his troops and promised to fight the rebels
throughout their autonomous area up to the Russian border. The intend
behind that was to sabotage Trump's policies. Poroshenke will now have
to revise those plans.
Trump topped the above readout in an interview with Fox news a part of which was previewed last night (partitial transcript):
Bill O'Reilly: Do you respect Putin?
President Trump: I do respect him but -
O'Reilly: Do you? Why?
President Trump: Well, I respect a lot of people but that doesn't
mean I'm going to get along with him. He's a leader of his country. I
say it's better to get along with Russia than not. And if Russia helps
us to fight against ISIS, which is a major fight, and Islamic terrorism
all over the world - that's a good thing. Will I get along with him? I
have no idea.
O'Reilly: But he's a killer though. Putin's a killer.
President Trump: There are a lot of killers. We've got a lot of killers. What do you think - our country's so innocent?
Whoa - Trump is rejecting the U.S. national religion -
exceptionalism. The Republicans would have eaten Obama alive had he ever
said something like that. "Are you suggesting that Russia which is
always killing civilians is morally equal to us who only kill
terrorists?" Now the Republicans will be silent about this and the
Democrats will howl.
Taken together the recent statements by the Trump administration are
positive for renewed U.S.- Russian cooperation. The Ukraine case will be
a non-issue. Poroshenko listened to the wrong master's voice. He will
(have to) see the light and leave immediately or he will be kicked out
of the way.
Also see: Ukraine - Coup Government Tries To Sabotage U.S.-Russia Rapprochement (Moon of Alabama, February 1)
"The U.S. government propaganda site RFERL sees a "creeping offensive"
initiated by the government side. Even the belligerent and anti-Russian
Washington Post editors have to acknowledge that the Ukrainian
government started this round. While unreasonably blaming Russia they observe:
Ukrainian commanders acknowledge that in recent weeks their
forces had moved some positions forward in the no-man’s land between the
During the last two years the Ukrainian army experienced a massive
build up. New equipment came in from the U.S. and other NATO countries
and U.S. training missions tried to teach some basic fighting tactics.
But while the newly conscripted 250,000 men army looks big on paper it
still lacks any coherence and will to fight for the coup government and
its U.S. overlords. Only the NAZI "volunteer battalions" have some
fighting spirit but they are up against people defending their immediate
homes. Any large offense from the government side will thus fail.
The fight was planned and started just after the inauguration of the new U.S. president Trump. Trump has acknowledged
that Crimea is part of Russia as its population is overwhelmingly
Russian. He has announced to seek good relations with Moscow. He will
likely eliminate sanctions against Russia."
Source: Moon of Alabama