Former American presidential candidate Ron Paul has pointed out that attacking Russia is a common, yet dangerous, activity practiced by US politicians on both sides of the aisle.
"Russia-bashing is a bi-partisan activity in Washington. Both parties think it makes them look “tough” and “pro-America,” the former Texas congressman said on Monday in an article published on the Weekly Column of the Ron Paul Institute website.
Paul said that the US politicians are competing with one another on what they deem to be riskless threats to Russia, which in reality increases the risks of a imminent war between world powers.
"[W]hile Republican and Democrat politicians continue to one-up each other on 'risk-free' threats to Russia, they are increasingly risking a devastating nuclear war," he warned. "It’s all fun and games until the missiles start flying."
In regard to the Ukraine crisis, Paul urged Washington's bi-partisan Russia-Bashers to re-assess the situation before pushing on with its current foreign policy in regard to the issue.
"When US politicians talk about Russia massing troops on the Ukrainian border, for example, they leave out the fact that these troops are actually inside Russia. With US troops in some 150 countries overseas, you’d think Washington might pause before criticizing the “aggression” of troops inside a country’s own borders.
Meanwhile, Russia described the US criticism over Moscow’s troop deployment within its own territorial jurisdiction as "illogical", while the presence of American troops in Europe does not provoke any condemnation.
The Kremlin has repeatedly warned the US politicians that Washington's aggressive anti-Moscow policies were “a colossal mistake.”