The majority of the political elites of Russia wants to stabilize relations with the countries of the West, has declared to the edition «GORDON» the Russian political scientist and publicist Andrei Piontkovsky, commenting on the statement by special envoy of the US state Department, Kurt Volker, the absence of differences between the occupation of the Crimea and the Donbass.
«What can be solved with Moscow? There is only one option, based on statements by Volcker: Russian troops leave the territory of Ukraine, and Kiev regains control over the entire Ukrainian border. While Putin (Russian President Vladimir Putin. – «GORDON») is sitting in the Kremlin, Russia will not go for it. Volker is not looking for compromise with the occupation regime. He has other functions. He voiced a clear position of the West against Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. The US sanctions, it is an ultimatum of the Russian elite: either 180 days you get Putin, or all of your assets will be confiscated. It completely changes the political situation in Russia. Moscow will just have to think about changing its policy. Virtually the entire Russian elite wants to restore good relations with the West. Depends on their entire style of life: housing in the West, the education of their children, medicine and so on,» – said Piontkovsky.
According to him, the American military-political establishment «insulated» US President Donald trump and Secretary of state Rex Tillerson.
«Walker in his statements reflects the unanimous opinion of the U.S. Congress and the American military-political establishment that has actually isolated Putin’s agents in the country. I’m talking about trump and Tillerson. This US position is very favourable for Ukraine. Ukrainian authorities need to correspond to the tone and language that uses a Walker. I hope that soon the Verkhovna Rada will adopt the law on occupied territories, where you will finally call a spade a spade. Namely, that in Donbass there is a war between Ukraine and Russia, and the responsibility for the occupied territory is a country-aggressor. It is the position of Walker and the US. It would be nice to have the same position, was and in Ukraine itself,» – said Piontkovsky.
In March 2014 Russia annexed the Ukrainian Peninsula of Crimea, and in April the beginning of the armed conflict in the Donbass. Against Russia was imposed economic sanctions by the United States, the European Union and some other countries in the spring of 2014. The sanctions packages several times expanded and tightened.
2 Aug trump has approved the introduction of new sanctions against Russia. Before that bill was supported by the two houses of Congress: July 25 – the House of representatives (voted 419 congressmen, against – three abstentions – 12), July 27 – the Senate (was 98 senators, against – two).
In particular, the act requires financial intelligence of the United States within 180 days provide information about the assets of the Russian leadership, in the West.
Piontkovsky: US Sanctions is the ultimatum of the Russian elite: either 180 days you get Putin, or all of your assets will be confiscated 31.08.2017