Tue Mar 4, 2014 01:06AM
Ray McGovern
Ray McGovern
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The Obama administration “plotted” and “abetted” the ouster of Ukraine's Russian-backed president to install a “puppet regime,” a retired CIA officer and political activist says.

“Never before in my 50 years in Washington has it been so clear that the United States has plotted, has aided and abetted and tried to put in the new premier or the new prime minister of the Ukraine,” said Ray McGovern.

“We have an intercepted telephone conversation” between the US ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, and Victoria Nuland, the Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, that confirms Washington’s role in Ukraine, McGovern told Press TV on Monday.

The intercepted phone call between Nuland and Pyatt was made in January. Moscow’s intelligence apparatus was allegedly involved with the leaked recording of the conversation.

McGovern said that the crisis in Ukraine will not be solved by the likes of US Secretary of State John Kerry or the “puppet regime” installed in Ukraine.

Ukraine has been gripped by unrest since November 2013, when now-ousted president, Viktor Yanukovych, refrained from signing an Association Agreement with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia.

On Monday, US President Barack Obama threatened Russia with sanctions as tensions between the two countries heats up over the crisis.

Washington and its Western allies are considering sanctions against Moscow, accusing Russia of preparing to launch a military intervention in Ukraine.

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