Putin outfaces USA over Ukraine : Analyst

Russian President Veladimir Putin is downright to lay down a tacit military marker to Washington over Ukraine, says a prominent analyst.

In an article published on Press TV website, Finian Cunningham wrote, “Putin is entirely right to lay down an unspoken military marker to Washington over Ukraine, just like he did when the Americans tried to mess militarily with South Ossetia in 2008 through its NATO proxy, Georgia.”

This is while Washington has ironically blamed Ukraine’s current political turmoil on Russia in an apparent ignorance of Washington’s complicity in the Eastern European country’s destabilization, the analyst said.

In a veiled threat of military confrontation, US President Barack Obama warned earlier this week that Russia will face “costs” if it intervenes in Ukraine.

“But, here’s the laughable irony of Obama’s protestations. The latest apparent Russian military moves follow months of US-sponsored destabilization in Ukraine. This illegal and covert American interference has trampled all over Ukrainian sovereignty, which ironically Obama is now accusing his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin of doing,” he said.

Cunningham also noted that the current crisis in Ukraine has all the hallmarks of Washington’s covert agenda for regime change, an agenda which is being “ruthlessly pursued” against Syria as Russia’s Arab ally.

“The ultimate target of this meddling, as has been brazenly stated over many years since the early 1990s by [former US National Security Advisor] Zbigniew Brzezinski and other US imperial planners, is the destabilization of Russia itself,” he added.

On Saturday, the upper house of the Russian parliament unanimously approved President Vladimir Putin’s request to deploy troops into the autonomous region of Crimea in southern Ukraine.

Moscow said the troops move comply with Russian-Ukrainian agreements to protect Russia’s Crimean naval base.

Based on witness reports, some 12 military trucks carrying troops, two ambulances, and a Tiger vehicle armed with a machine gun were on the road on Sunday from the Ukrainian city of Sevastopol, the home to Russia’s Black Sea fleet, to Simferopol, Crimea’s administrative center.

Unrest erupted in Ukraine in November 2013, when now-ousted President Viktor Yanukovych refrained from signing an Association Agreement with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia.

PressTV

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