Sun Mar 9, 2014 12:8AM GMT
The suspected plot of the US and Germany against Russia will not work and is likely to backfire since Moscow can turn the gas tap off on Berlin, a political commentator says.
Gordon Duff, a senior editor at Veterans Today, said in an interview with Press TV on Saturday the idea that US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are plotting against Russian President Vladimir Putin will produce nothing, adding, “The Germans are running entirely on natural gas that comes from Russia. Very simply Putin can turn the gas tap off.”
Duff stated that the Germans will not be able to heat their homes and all of their industry is run on the Russian gas.
On Friday, Obama discussed the escalating Ukraine crisis with Merkel. The two leaders called on Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine’s Crimea region and establish a contact group to hold direct talks with the Ukrainian government.
“The leaders reiterated their grave concern over Russia’s clear violation of international law through its military intervention in Ukraine,” the White House said in a statement.
Duff said, “The idea of the Russian forces that are currently in Sevastopol and in the surrounds in Crimea that’s a violation of international law, as Obama said, according to his lawyers, it’s simply not true.”
Commenting on the US president’s recent belligerent statements against Russia over Ukraine, the Veteran analyst said, “Obama is only doing what he needs to do, to appear to be standing up to the Russians. [But] the US is not militarily prepared to try over Ukraine.”
Washington has sent US fighter jets to allied countries located near Ukraine, imposed visa restrictions on Russians, ordered sanctions on individuals it said were involved in the Russian military intervention in Ukraine, and condemned a proposed referendum in Crimea to break away from Ukraine and join Russia.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Duff said that there have been “some gross misrepresentations about Ukraine.”
“The Russian-speaking population is far larger than they claim… 40 percent of the country is Russian background, Russian speaking — a similar area with a slightly larger population is the Ukrainian background, much of the population, as it should be expected, is entirely mixed culture,” he said.
Political crisis erupted in Ukraine in November 2013 after the country’s ousted president, Viktor Yanukovych, refrained from signing the Association Agreement with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia.
On February 23, the Ukrainian parliament ousted Yanukovych and named anti-Kremlin Oleksandr Turchynov, the legislature’s newly-elected speaker, as interim president.