Russia wants US to ‘trade’ Ukraine for Venezuela: analyst
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Russia is peddling a dangerous new narrative – that Washington should trade Ukraine for Venezuela, an analyst for a US-based think tank has warned.
“The narrative goes that Washington should give Moscow a free hand in Ukraine — in return for Moscow supposedly giving Washington a free hand to unseat Venezuela’s venal and criminal Maduro regime,” said Stephen Blank, senior fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council.
His comments came in an opinion piece for thehill.com, a US website focusing on politics, business and international relations.
‘Most naked aggression since Saddam invaded Kuwait in 1990’
Blank warned: “Let us remember that Russia’s armies (including so-called separatists, who are really Moscow’s auxiliaries in Ukraine) invaded the Crimea and the Donbas and committed the most naked aggression since Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990.”
He added that in Venezuela, “the issue is not so much Russian forces but Cuban forces, which are not bound by any bilateral Russo-American agreement.”
Blank said that “trading” Ukraine for Venezuela “also undermines U.S. security guarantees to our allies. It also does nothing to stop Moscow’s long-standing campaign of information warfare to suborn and corrupt our own and our allies’ democracies here, in Europe and Latin America.”
His opinion piece was highlighted last week by the Polish-language jagiellonia.org website.