Dangerous Crossroads: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin Warns the West. Accuses Washington of “Destabilization Tactics”

Thursday, July 24, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Colin Todhunter
Global Research
July 24, 2014

State sovereignty and territorial integrity are fundamental values. However, the very notion of state sovereignty is being washed away. Countries that conduct an independent policy or that simply stand in the way of US interests get destabilised. Tools used for this purpose are the so-called ‘colour revolutions’ or, in simple terms, takeovers instigated and financed from the outside.

This is the conclusion of the Russian President Vladimir Putin in a recent speech on Russia’s security given by him in the Kremlin during the meeting of the Security Council of the Russian Federation. With Ukraine having received some five billion dollars from the US [1] in the run up to the neo-fascist coup that ousted its democratically elected government, Putin had its close neighbour on its western border very much in mind.

The US historian William Blum has documented the long list of nations that the US has toppled, bombed and destabilized since 1945 [2]. Whether it is CIA-instigated coups in Latin America or aiding or carrying out the mass slaughter of civilians in Indonesia or South East Asia, under the smokescreen of exporting ‘freedom and democracy’ theUS has deemed it necessary to ignore international laws and carry out atrocities to further its geopolitical interests across the globe.

Post-1945, a powerful Soviet Union served as some kind of counterweight to US aims. Since the break up of the USSR, however, a weakened Russia has served as little deterrent. In the last two decades, among other things, we have seen the US march into Iraq and Afghanistan, wage proxy wars in Lybia and Syria and destabilise countries from Pakistan, Yugoslavia and Ukraine to Venezuela and elsewhere. Washington is targeting Chinese influences throughout Africa via AFRICOM and is seeking to militarily ‘pivot’ towards Asia in order to choke off China’s rise as an economic powerhouse.

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