Sergei Alexandrovich Karaganov He heads the Russian Foreign and Defense Policy Council, is very close to the Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov And above all, to Russian President Vladimir PutinIncluding his advisors.
The Dean of the Faculty of World Economics and International Affairs at the Moscow Higher School of Economics also gave an interview to the Italian newspaper Corriere della SeraReferring to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, he said:This is a war against the West whose goals can be achieved in Europe“.
Putin said that if Ukraine joined NATO, there would be no more Ukraine. In 2008, there was an Express Membership Scheme. It was blocked by our efforts and the efforts of Germany and France, but Ukraine has since joined NATO. It was armed and trained by NATO, and its army became stronger and stronger. We have seen a rapid rise in neo-Nazi sentiment in that country. Ukraine became like Germany in 1936-1937. The war was inevitable, they were the spearhead of NATO. We made a very difficult decision: attack first, before the threat becomes more deadly.”, he justified the invasion decided by Vladimir Putin.
Asked how he could think that a small country like Ukraine would attack a nuclear superpower like Russia, the official said: “Ukraine was built by the United States and other NATO countries as a spearhead, perhaps for aggression or at least pressure, to bring the Western military machine closer to the heart of Russia.. Now we see how prepared they are for war. And Nazism is not only anti-Jewish. Nazism is the rule of one nation over another. Nazism is a humiliation for other nations.”
Karaganov said that Do not think that there will be a change of force in Russia Because “We are fighting a war of survival. It is a war against the West Where people gather around the leader. And in the United States no one paid the price for the war in Iraq, so we have our doubts about the efficacy of democracy.”
In another excerpt from the interview with the Italian newspaper, Putin’s adviser noted that “The real war is now against Western expansionHe explained it as follows:We see Western expansion happening and Russophobia reaching levels like interwar anti-Semitism. So conflict is already a possibility. We have seen deep divisions and structural problems in Western societies. So the Kremlin decided to strike first. Among other things, this military operation will be used to restructure the elite and Russian society. It will become a more combative society, based on citizenship, expelling the non-national elements of the ruling class.”
Asked whether the aim of the war was to boycott NATO’s presence in Central and Eastern Europe, the official said: “Most of the institutions, in our opinion, are unilateral and illegitimate. They threaten Russia and Eastern Europe.” We wanted a just peace, but the greed and stupidity of the Americans and the short-sightedness of the Europeans showed us that these representatives did not want this. We have to correct their mistakes“.
Then explain it Russia does not consider the European Union “illegitimate” But he emphasized:Sometimes we don’t like their policies, especially if they become increasingly aggressiveAt the same time, he said:It becomes more and more likely” To be The escalation of this war against other countries is inevitable.
The Americans and their NATO partners continue to send weapons to Ukraine. If this continues, targets in Europe may be affected or lines of communication cut. Then the war could escalate. It makes more sense. And I think the American generals see it that way.”
In response to a question about the Bucha massacre, Karaganov said it was “Starting, provocation. It’s a phase, 99%. But there is war and civilians are suffering. The neo-Nazi forces used civilians as human shields, especially in MariupolAt the same time, he stated The Russians opened humanitarian corridors, but “patriotic forces prevented them.”.
In response to a recent question about the relationship with Beijing after the Western sanctions, Putin’s advisor replied:We will be more integrated and more dependent on China. This has positive elements, but In general we will be more dependentConfess, and continues:I am not too afraid of becoming a pawn of China, because Russia has the spirit of sovereignty and culturally we are different from the Chinese.. I don’t think China can or wants to outperform us. However, we are not happy, because in fact I would have preferred to have better relations with Europe. ”