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The Ukrainian crisis has revealed that Vladimir Putin aims to destabilise the EU. Russia is actively supporting and even financing anti-EU parties, even though they’re mostly on the extreme right:

In Ukraine, he simply wants to grab territory that he believes rightly belongs to him. In the European Union, he hopes that his backing of fringe parties will destabilize his foes and install in Brussels politicians who will be focused on dismantling the EU rather than enlarging it.

Would this help to explain Farage’s support for Putin?

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  1. Dear Richard,

    Back in 1980’s I served on the Vauhall constituency Labour Party EC and GC and was chair of Bishops Ward Labour Party. In those days we tended to side with “the people” in the struggles against usury and oppression by unrestrained capitalist interests. By 1990 I had lost all hope and respect for the Labour Party.

    Brief moments of light and hope that followed were dashed by the realities of a once great political force for good in Europe and the World repeatedly being dashed. The worst example was the unholy alliance of the Blair government with the US destruction of Iraq on the false pretext of WMD’s.

    Now we have Ukraine. Once again the Labour Party is on the wrong side of history supporting the current coalition in its Russophobic preoccupation with Putin. The threat from Farage, UKIP and far right parties elsewhere in Europe is precisely because our one hope – a strong social democratic leadership at home – is missing presumed dead.

    Somehow the Labour Party has lost not only once committed members and supporters like myself, but also skilled political, demographic and geo-political analysts. Were there any left in the LP you would know that: a) UKIP is only marginally right of the Liberals and Tories, albeit somewhat nuts and b) that the Maidan revolt and subsequent government have never had the popular support of Ukraine’s eastern regions.

    More importantly, said analysts would have realised that elements in the western elites, principally led by hawks in the US government, have been waging an economic battle against Europe. The “War on Terror” is the most visible tool that has been used to maintain a policy of destabilisation of any government with which the US and the military industrial complex disagrees.

    The key to solving the Ukraine crisis in recognising that there are economiv and socio-political forces at work that seek to destroy twenty odd years of economic cooperation within Europe and between Europe and the Russia that has emerged since the “fall of the Berlin Wall”. A strong Europe interconnecting with an evolving Russia is a threat to a US elite led hegemony. That is not a conspiracy it is a fact of global business.

    The US has followed, step by step, its programme to destroy the so called “Axis of Evil” hindered only by the vetoes of Russia in the UNSC. Funnily enough, it has now made the classic military error of opening up a battle on one front too many. Therein lies a glimmer of hope. Twenty years of economic and socio-political interference in Ukraine has led to its unholy alliance with far right extremists whom the US and EU has helped, unwittingly or otherwise, to instal in the Kiev government. The plan to grab Ukraines resources and business, and to complete the expansion of NATO onto Russia’s borders has hit a road block. That road block is the brave Russian speaking population of Ukraine.

    Meanwhile, Mr Putin has not had to do anything to stoke the fires or drive the insurrection in the east and south. Indeed Russia has shown the amazing restraint and craft (so inappropriately accredited to Yatsenyuk and his cronies by the State Department). They have followed quite reasonable interpretations of international law to counter the current assault on their perfectly valid economic and geopolitical interests. They have consistently sought a diplomatic path through the crisis only to face incendiary and escalatory rhetoric from the US, UK, EU and NATO leaderships.

    The problem for “the West” is that the internet, especially social media, has allowed those of us (who still like to research and analyse) to discover that there are other perspectives to the current “Western” world view. It is uncomfortable to realise that one has been “on the wrong side of history” as I have over the past eighteen months. However, once the realisation has set in it becomes our duty to challenge the current narrative and raise a voice of dissent.

    Last weekend a very significant section of eastern and southern Ukraine dared to vote in referendums that will not be recognised by the “international community”. That they have done so after the events in Ossetia sends a clear message to us that the West versus Putin narrative is wholly wrong.

    The failure of Labour to reconnect with the grass roots is one thing, but supporting the US’s Ukraine adventure is a heinous crime against a swathe of the Ukrainian population. It is also a treachurous betrayal of our own and Europe’s economic and geopolitical interests.

    Farage has an ace up his sleeve and that is his position on Ukraine. He is the only party leader who has had the courage to challenge the main stream view. UKIP’s policies are almost an irrelevance by comparison. I fear the consequences of such an inept party representing our interests in Europe but it seems everyone else is hell bent on taking us to the brink of WWIII or total domination by the most corrupt and belligerent superpower on the planet – and there is only one of those right now.

    With all I have said in mind, I implore you to urgently open your mind and eyes to the remarkable quantity of information in articles in the social media, alternative news sources and on youtube. If Labour steps back and raises a calming voice in public and in parliament, very soon, then maybe, just maybe UKIP will be kept at bay.

    Yours fraternally,

    David Cooper
    Ex LP member and supporter.

    P.S. Best wishes to the American people, particularly those who opened my eyes, ears and mind to what was really happening in Ukraine.

  2. Wait – Russia is supporting the extreme right ?
    Maybe so – but are not the Ukrainian nazis fighting for the EU/US side ?

    Doesn’t this have many precedents from the cold war onwards in which we have used far right extremists against the Russians ?

    If I think that the UK, on it’s own or in partnership with US, EU or NATO is using it’s military/intelligence assets or contributing financially to the benefit of Ukrainian nazis, I’m not going to be voting for anyone who furthers this.

    So I’d like to know, mr Corbett, before casting my vote, whether you think the EU has been helping Pravy Sektor and such groups, and whether you think the ends justifies the means in this ?

  3. We’ve got a piece from the Council on Foreign Relations here on what a threat Putin is. But I’ve read Carroll Quigley, and I know the CFR was set up to serve imperialist banking interests and the British aristocracy.
    It doesn’t seem like an incubator of left wing ideas – what interest has the CFR got in helping raise the standard of living of working class people in factories in Ukraine ?

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