NEW YORK. – US Presidesnt Barack Obama’s hegemonic policies regarding Russia are pushing the world into a new war, an analyst wrote in a column for the Press TV website. “Obama overthrew the Ukrainian government in order to be able to stuff the country into NATO, throw Russia out of its Black Sea naval base, and put US missile bases in Ukraine on Russia’s border,” Dr Paul Craig Roberts wrote in a column for Press TV on Saturday.
“Obama is angry that his plan didn’t pan out as intended, and he is taking his anger and frustration out on Russia,” he added.
The analyst pointed that Obama’s demand for more NATO troops to be stationed in Eastern Europe and the build-up of military forces on Russia’s borders to allegedly protect Poland and the Baltic states is yet another provocation by Washington that could trigger a war with Moscow.
“Obama doesn’t say what effect the US/NATO military build-up and numerous war games on Russia’s border will have on Russia.
“Will the Russian government conclude that Russia is about to be attacked and strike first? The reckless carelessness of Obama is the way wars start,” he said.
“Today the drive to war is blatantly obvious.
“The lies are obvious, and the entire West is participating, both media and governments,” he added.
“World War 1 (and World War 2) was the result of the ambitions and mistakes of a very small number of people,” the analyst recalled.
Meanwhile, NATO has accused Russia of violating Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen made the comment yesterday in an article for Germany’s Welt am Sonntag newspaper.
“And they flout the principle that every state is sovereign, and free to choose its own fate,” he wrote in reference to Moscow.
Non-NATO member Ukraine’s policy on joining the alliance has changed over the past decade, but co-operation between the two has “grown steadily stronger as a result,” Rasmussen also said.
Tensions between the Western powers and Moscow heightened after Crimea declared independence from Ukraine and formally applied to become part of the Russian Federation following a referendum on March 16, in which nearly 97 percent of voters in Crimea said yes to reunion with Russia.
On March 21, President Putin signed into law documents that officially made the Black Sea peninsula part of the Russian territory despite condemnation from the West and the new Ukrainian government.
The move sparked angry reactions from the United States and the European Union, both imposing punitive measures against a number of Russian officials and authorities in Crimea.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said the country has absolutely no intention of crossing into Ukraine. – Press TV