Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

The Shenanigans of Victoria Nuland in Ukraine

Here’s the recording of a phone call featuring Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs (whose boss was Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton) in a phone call to US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt; a phone call leaked to the news media on 4 February 2014.
What’s important here is the level of planning for the coup that overthrew the elected Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, which brought to power (as heard on the recording) a group of select individuals described as “moderate democrats.” In fact, most of them, including Oleh Tyahnybok (whom Nuland insists the new head of state consult four times weekly), are a far-right nationalist faction with overt and long-standing ties to the neo-Nazi movement in Western Ukraine.
Yanukovych had first applied to Russia for a loan, though Ukraine was already deeply indebted to Russia, but because previous loans were always channeled into banks owned by Ukrainian oligarchs where the loan money could not be tracked, Putin told him that another loan could be arranged but only with the stipulation that the loan money had to be fully accounted for and spent only on those things named in the loan agreement, and he also offered a plan for economic integration to Ukraine. Yanukovych then turned to the EU and the EU offered to underwrite a loan from the IMF, but only if Ukraine would back-out of trade agreements with Russia and do all sorts of other things to their economy, commonly known as “structural adjustment.” This included cutting public sector wages, shrinking the health and education sectors, privatizing the economy and cutting gas subsidies for the people.
When Yanukovych hesitated, the coup was put in motion. So, when Nuland says ‘Fuck the EU’ she is implying that the IMF loan will be made available regardless of what the EU had demanded, answering Pyatt’s concern that the Russians might try to ‘torpedo’ the deal by granting Yanukovych’s loan request first. Joe Biden’s involvement in all this is revealed near the end of the call:
Nuland-Pyatt leaked phone conversation _COMPLETE with SUBTITLES
Victoria Nuland gives a speech at the National Press Club, Washington DC confirming that the USA had spent $5 billion promoting ‘democracy’ in the Ukraine. The speech was sponsored by Chevron Oil, the US oil giant –
USSR’s Nikita Khrushchev gave Russia’s Crimea away to Ukraine in only 15 minutes –…/107129-ussr_crimea_ukraine/
Official results: 97 percent of Crimea voters back joining Russia –…/official-results-97-of…/
Ukrainian rightists burn alive 39 at Odessa union building –…/ukrainian-rightists…/
Angry tears at Odessa trade union building after blaze –
How and why the U.S. Government Perpetrated the 2014 Coup in Ukraine –
“Who Should Ukraine Base Itself on – USA or Russia?”: Pro-Ukraine Blogger Receives Unexpected Answer –
Nuland-Pyatt leaked phone conversation _COMPLETE with SUBTITLES
Nuland-Pyatt leaked phone conversation _COMPLETE with SUBTITLES

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