Ukraine: The subtle foreign policy of the USA

Ex-Vice President Biden chatters unreflectively on how to enforce own interests in Washington.

That is interesting. Ironically, a commentary by Leonid Bershidsky in shows how the US government enforces the “liberal world order,” the one that matches Washington’s interests. It has long been known that former US Vice President Joe Biden had an increased interest in Ukraine and fomenting conflict with Russia. His son Hunter had been involved shortly after the fall of the Yanukovych government with the gas company Burisma Holdings, where the father was probably also because of corruption allegations had been active. In a relaxed environment, Biden chatted at a Council on Foreign Relations event on how politics goes on stage. Apparently little diplomatic. He told how, possibly because of his son, President Poroshenko and the then Prime Minister Yatsenyuk, whom the Americans successfully hired into office, led to dismiss Attorney General Viktor Shokin. He resigned in March 2016. Supposedly he had done too little against the rampant corruption in Ukraine, which was not surprising and is because Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk are involved. Even after his resignation, of course, little has changed.

Biden called for the dismissal of Shokin, underlining that the Ukrainian government would otherwise not receive a loan guarantee amounting to one billion US dollars. He told the president and the head of government that he was only six hours in Ukraine. If the attorney general did not release in time, they would not get the money: “son of a bitch, he was fired, and they put somebody in their place, who was solid at the time.”

That’s nice. Yuriy Sevruk, previously Deputy of Shokin, also flew shortly thereafter. After that, in May 2016, Poroshenko’s confidant and Yuriy Lutsenko, who had a criminal record, arrived after parliament decided that law schooling should not be a prerequisite for an Attorney General. Also Lutsenko did not change anything, because he does not act independently, but is a stooge of Poroshenko, who does not prosecute corruption, but the competitors of Poroshenko and the National Anti-Corruption Agency (NABU), as practical (anti-corruption authority under pressure).

Already alone how Biden describes the process of his political action is revealing in the reflectionless narrative. Here is the Bloomberg-derived transcription:

I said, nah, I’m not going to – or, we’re not going to give you the billions of dollars. They said, you have no authority. You’re not the president. The president said – I said, call him. I said, I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars. I said, you’re not getting the billion. I’m going to leave here, I think about six hours. I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a bitch. He got fired. And they put in someone who was solid at the time.

Even Bloomberg asks what lies behind Biden’s alleged success story. Poroshenko has been able to better protect the West’s efforts to reduce corruption for the billion or three billion loan guarantees under Obama. Biden, too, seems to have doubts about the outcome in the end, since he admits to being concerned about Kiev’s re-slipping into corruption.

However, he was more concerned about the American regime change policy, which unscrupulously supports any opposition, in the case of Ukraine even right-wing extremists, and only replaces one oligarch with another, western-oriented.

It is beginning to dawn on those in the West as to who has come to power in Ukraine. Poroshenko, according to Bloomberg, has become a virtuoso, purportedly to obey the wishes of the West, but to safeguard his interests as an oligarch. The Russian threat is an essential part of the strategy. Therefore, there is no interest in finding a peaceful solution with the “people’s republics”. What the American geostrategists are afraid of is not that the Russians are marching with tanks to Ukraine, only that they are ruining the economy: “And that’s when it all goes to hell.”

By (Florian Rötzer)



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