Top Russian officials have been delivering pointed public warnings to the Obama Administration, charging that the US is out to break up Russia.
Nikolay Patrushev, head of the Russian National Security Council, told Kommersant that the US is out to destroy Russia, and this is what is behind the Ukraine color revolution. The U.S. lists Russia, ISIS, and Ebola as the three greatest threats.
“There are a great deal of examples of Russia fruitfully cooperating with the US in many aspects, including such burning issues as countering terrorism and reaching a deal on the Iranian nuclear program, but under the far-fetched pretext of the ‘Russian aggression in Ukraine,’ Washington has suspended contacts.” He charged that the U.S. is forcing EU countries to impose sanctions on Russia that they would otherwise not impose. He was quoted, “The West does realize that everything that took place in Crimea was legitimate; there was a referendum, and so on. They don’t have specific objections to [the] Crimea development,” and over time, it will blow over.
Patrushev noted that Russia is closely tracking the color revolutions, noting, “It is clear that the hidden agenda of destabilization of this country is creating an instrument to radically weaken Russia.” He said that Yanukovych was ending his term and would not have been re-elected, but the US couldn’t wait and as the result, there is war in the Donbass, and Crimea left Ukraine. He charged that the U.S. has no interest in dealing with the economic breakdown of Ukraine, because “the U.S. has no interest in Ukraine whatsoever; they are interested in Russia. They would like very much to see Russia cease to exist as a country.”
Patrushev said that the policy of the U.S. and the West is to spread instability around the globe, and “in reality, the anti-terrorist coalitions are being created for coercive intervention into affairs of sovereign states.”