Interfax: Stepashin: U.S., its allies are looking to get Putin out of power, isolate Russia
MOSCOW. Sept 5 (Interfax) – Sergei Stepashin, chairman of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society and former prime minister of Russia, believes the purpose of the sanctions imposed by the U.S. and its allies on Russia is to get Vladimir Putin out of power and isolate Russia on the international scene.
In his letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, the text of which has been obtained by Interfax, Stepashin said: “It is perfectly obvious that you are preparing grounds to loudly state your main goal: ‘Putin should resign!’ and ‘Isolate Russia.'”
Stepashin called the threats made by Obama to impose new sanctions on Russia and the accusations made against Russia blaming it for the violence in eastern Ukraine “a regular propaganda technology.” He also recalled the recent statement made by Obama calling Russia a regional power that poses a threat to its neighbors due to its weakness.
In this regard, Stepashin quoted prominent U.S. politician Zbigniew Brzezinski, who has recently said that the U.S. is a country that has an extremely simplified understanding of the situation in the world, but is confident of its ability to dominate. “I would also add to this that you don’t know Russian people and how strong our national spirit is. This spirit cannot be conquered by threats and be put on its needs,” Stepashin said in his letter to Obama.
Stepashin said the U.S. president and his advisers “do not correctly estimate the consequences of the negative reaction caused in Russian society in the recent speech [by Obama] in Estonia, in which [Obama] compared Russians to Nazi in WWII and accused Russia of trying to take over lost territories.” “By saying that you insulted Russian citizens, insulted the memory of the Soviet troops who liberated Europe from the ‘brown plague’ and your own American troops who helped defeat fascism,” Stepashin said.
Stepashin said these statements are “a consequence of [Obama’s] hurt ambitions, which have remained hurt since the Russian president saved the U.S. president from public loss of face in front of the whole world by suggesting the introduction of international control over chemical weapons to prevent military intervention in Syria.”
“The Russian president now suggests a peace settlement plan for Ukraine. To you accepting Putin’s plan means to lose face publicly again. And you respond by declaring Russia an aggressor,” Stepashin said.
Stepashin called on the American leader to “stop, not drive his country into a deadlock and not drag NATO and the European Union along.”
“Many Europeans, and also Americans, do not share your policies to isolate Russia and generate a new Cold War,” the letter says.
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