‘Regime change in Ukraine is part of US campaign against Russia’
RT:Mr. Becker, could you shed a little light on something recently taking place? That the US Secretary of State and senator John McCain have both slammed Ukraine, that the American diplomats have mingled with protesters. What is behind such intense interest?
Richard Becker: It’s clear that what the US government is after is regime change in Ukraine. And this is part of their ongoing campaign to further break up the former Soviet Union. We have to ask the question: how is it that the US government determines that some acts of government suppression somewhere in the world are “disgusting” and yet stand silent when people rise up in Bahrain, or people are so suppressed in Saudi Arabia? Washington’s geopolitical interest is interest in global domination? It has nothing to do with what they say they are concerned with - human rights and democracy. And again [the] US is willing to impose sanctions. We have to ask the question from here: why are there no sanctions against the US for what they did to Iraq or what it’s done in Afghanistan, in Vietnam or in so many other countries around the world. Why does the US have the authority in the world to declare sanctions against any government given its own track record?
RT:Washington is now considering sanctions against Kiev. It is apparently acknowledged that President Yanukovich was elected democratically but doesn’t it show the same pattern the US has used before, such as in dealing with Libya or Syria?
RB: These forms of intervention around the world. We saw here in the US the repression of the occupying movement and dozens if not hundreds of cities carried out in an organized way and in a coordinated way directed by the federal government against people who were peacefully protesting here. When in Ukraine it is clear that the leaders of the opposition are trying to overthrow the government. They are not just engaging in peaceful protests. They are engaged in a process that they hope would bring about regime change. And in that campaign they have the full backing of the US and NATO.
RT:In your opinion how would Washington react if Kremlin officials were seen mingling with anti-Obama protesters in front of the White House in a similar sort of a situation?
RB: To ask the question is almost to answer it. There would be hysteria in the media if that were to be the case. If there was an intervention by those who are employed by any government which the US views as hostile, or even if they were from governments the US views as friendly. That would be regarded as utterly unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of the US by the government leaders, and yet they have no compunction about doing this now in Ukraine and in many many other cases around the world.
RT:Do you think Washington is ignoring the eastern half of the country who wants something different to those in the west. In the east according to recent polls more than 60 percent want to join the Russian’s Customs Union.
RB: Yes, this is now almost a blank in the US media; that reality is left out of the equation, left out of the presentation to the public of the US because what is going on is an attempt to gather support from the public for a more interventionist, more aggressive policy against Ukraine and against Russia, as has been carried out against a number of other countries in the world.