Press TV has interviewed Richard Becker, a member of the ANSWER Coalition in San Francisco, to discuss the appointment of the former NATO secretary general as the adviser to Ukraine’s president.
A rough transcription of the interview appears below.
Press TV: What is going on in Ukraine? We see more and more interesting characters actually becoming the adviser of Poroshenko?
Becker: Yes it certainly is very interesting and I think quite ominous, and we know that when at the direction and under the supervision of the United States government, the State Department in particular, there was the move to overthrow and then the successful overthrow of the government and the intention at that time was clearly to move Ukraine into NATO in the same way that 12 other countries in Eastern and Central Europe have been moved into NATO since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Now of course Montenegro has been brought in as well, and this march eastward by NATO is something that has been relentless despite assurances that were made way back in the end of 1990 that this would not happen, assurances from the US government, but now the appointment of the former secretary general as a top adviser to the President Poroshenko of Ukraine is extremely unusual that this would happen that someone from another country would be appointed as a top national security adviser to the president. I mean I have never heard of this happening before.
Press TV: Do you think that it is becoming more and more obvious for the Ukrainian people themselves what exactly is going on because Rasmussen is not the only Western adviser that has come on board with Poroshenko. Your perspective from the Ukrainian point of view as far as perhaps the lack of their own sovereignty there.
Becker: I do not know. I mean I cannot speak of course for any Ukrainians, but I think that we can clearly see that there is a great division in the country and that there are many people who from the time of the coup in February 2014 were unwilling to live under a government that had in very prominent positions people who were neo-Nazis or fascist elements and particularly knowing what Ukraine and Russia and all the countries of the former Soviet Union went through at the hands of Nazism.
So this has got to be something that is of grave concern to a considerable part of the population of Ukraine to see the kind of government that is unfolding, to see the country being pulled into NATO not for its benefit of course. This is part of a US-directed strategy against Russia and Ukraine could very well become ..., it could incinerate, there could be fighting on a scale that has not been seen as of this day even though there has been considerable fighting. There is no predicting where this will go because the aggression from the US, NATO side is so extreme.