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Ex- Reagan administration official: US using Ukraine conflict to weaken Russia

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, an American economist and author who was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal

A former Ronald Reagan administration official says the United States is using the Ukraine conflict as a tool to weaken Russia.

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, who was assistant secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy in the 1980s, wrote in a recent article that the administration of US President Joe Biden is not at all concerned about the plight of the people of Ukraine and is prepared to sacrifice the country on the altar of weakening Russia.

In the article titled “It Seems Russia Won’t Require a Winter Offensive to Win the War,” Dr. Roberts wrote that the Russian military had until recently been abstaining from using all of its might on Ukraine.

Dr. Roberts, who was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal, said that Russia’s latest missile strikes targeting critical infrastructure across Ukraine are a sign that the Kremlin “finally realized that Russia is at war.”

He wrote that for eight months since the start of the military campaign, Russia had been “protecting Ukraine from attack, thus helping Ukraine to conduct war against the Russian forces.”

He claimed that Russia still does not want to “destroy everything unless the West and its puppet Ukraine government fail to come to their senses.”

The analyst argued that Russia is sparing Ukraine and the population because they “have been a part of Russia for centuries.”

The ex-Treasury official further wrote, “From Washington’s standpoint, the more Ukraine is destroyed the better.”

Roberts explained that Ukraine’s destruction would end up being an “economic and financial drain on Russia.”

“It is unjust that it is Ukraine that is paying the cost of Western inhumanity and not Washington and the European capitals,” Roberts wrote.

Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine of using its forces as "cannon fodder" amid Moscow's ongoing military operation in the ex-Soviet republic, saying those who refuse to fight for Kiev face dire consequences.

Putin leveled the accusation against, what he called, Kiev's "neo-Nazi regime" on Friday, while addressing mothers of Russian servicemen, Russia Today reported.

Russia started the military campaign in its southern neighbor in February. It says it launched the operation in order to defend the pro-Russian population in the eastern Ukrainian regions of Luhansk and Donetsk against persecution by Kiev.

Back in 2014, the two republics broke away from Ukraine, refusing to recognize a Western-backed Ukrainian government there that had overthrown a democratically-elected Russia-friendly administration.

Ever since the beginning of the war, Kiev's allies, led by the United States and Britain, have been pumping Ukraine full of advanced weapons, a step that Russia says would only prolong the hostilities.

Putin said the operation was not aimed at the Ukrainian people, but rather against the Ukrainian regime and the foreign countries, which were using Ukraine as a proxy. "Those who supply Ukraine with weapons and fund the Kiev government have no consideration for Ukraine’s losses," the report said, citing the Russian head of state.

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