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Vesti calls out Pompeo on lying about Russia invading Ukraine [Video]

After the 2014 Maidan revolution and the subsequent secessions of Lugansk and Donetsk in Ukraine, and after the rejoining of Crimea with its original nation of Russia, the Western media went on a campaign to prove the Russia is (/ was / was about to / had already / might / was thinking about / was planning to … etc.) invade Ukraine. For the next year or so, about every two weeks, internet news sources like Yahoo! News showed viewers pictures of tanks, box trucks and convoys to “prove” that the invasion was underway (or any of the other statuses confirming the possibilities above stated.) This information was doubtless provided to US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.

Apparently, Secretary Pompeo believed this ruse, or is being paid to believe this ruse because in a speech recently, he talked about it as fact:

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Russia’s annexation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine an attempt to gain access to Ukraine’s oil and gas reserves.

He stated this at IHS Markit’s CERAWeek conference in Houston, the USA, Reuters reports.

Pompeo urged the oil industry to work with the Trump administration to promote U.S. foreign policy interests, especially in Asia and in Europe, and to punish what he called “bad actors” on the world stage.

The United States has imposed harsh sanctions in the past several months on two major world oil producers, Venezuela and Iran.

Pompeo said the U.S. oil-and-gas export boom had given the United States the ability to meet energy demand once satisfied by its geopolitical rivals.

“We don’t want our European allies hooked on Russian gas through the Nord Stream 2 project, any more than we ourselves want to be dependent on Venezuelan oil supplies,” Pompeo said, referring to a natural gas pipeline expansion from Russia to Central Europe.

Pompeo called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine an attempt to gain access to the country’s oil and gas reserves.

Although the state-run news agency Vesti News often comes under criticism for rather reckless, or at least, extremely sarcastic propaganda at times, here they rightly nailed Mr. Pompeo’s lies to the wall and billboarded it on their program:

The news anchors even made a wisecrack about one of the political figures, Konstantin Zatulin saying as a joke that Russia plans to invade the United States to get its oil. They further noted that Secretary Pompeo is uneducated about the region and situation, but they offered him the chance to come to Russia and learn the correct information about what is going on.

To wit, Russia has not invaded Ukraine at all. There is no evidence to support such a claim, while there IS evidence to show that the West is actively interfering with Russia through the use of Ukraine as a proxyWhile this runs counter to the American narrative, it is simply the truth. Ukraine appears to be the victim of its own ambitions at this point, for while the US tantalizes the leadership of the country and even interferes with the Orthodox Church in the region, the country lurches towards a presidential election with three very poor candidates, most notably the one who is president there now, Petro Poroshenko.

However, the oil and gas side of the anti-Russian propaganda operation by the US is significant. The US wishes for Europe to buy gas from American suppliers, even though this is woefully inconvenient and expensive when Russia is literally at Europe’s doorstep with easy supplies. However, the Cold War Party in the United States, which still has a significant hold on US policy making categorizes the sale of Russia gas to powers like NATO ally Germany as a “threat” to European security.

It is interesting that Angela Merkel herself does not hold this line of thinking. It is also interesting and worthy of note, that this is not the only NATO member that is dealing more and more with Russia in terms of business. It underscores the loss of purpose that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization suffers now since there is no Soviet Union to fight.

However, the US remains undaunted. If there is no enemy to fight, the Americans feel that they must create one, and Russia has been the main scapegoat for American power ambitions. More than ever now, this tactic appears to be the one in use for determining the US stance towards other powers in the world.

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William Rice
William Rice
March 18, 2019

Instead of calling it ”
US foreign policy interests” we should just be honest about it and call it US corporate interest in other nations resources.

Olivia Kroth
March 18, 2019

And again we see on the Duran this ugly fat face! Miss Piggy from the CIA. Some of the Duran editors seem to be obsessed with him but he is a foot margin of history, not important at all.

Hunter
Hunter
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
March 18, 2019

With such hugly, irresponsible, crooked minds, their owners can only be hugly! They’ll die with the rest of us when they’ll have finally launched their nuclear war against Russia, China, India, or whatever other so-called shithole nation that will reply with nukes befor all its very important and rare resources will have been stolen. I can only think of a nation that will be safe and very well protected by the US. Very well protected?… It all depends on the quality of or lack of the weaponry the US will keep selling to it. With a 3 to 4 billions… Read more »

HelenB
HelenB
March 18, 2019

“Vesti News often comes under criticism for rather reckless, or at least, extremely sarcastic propaganda at times” … how else could you deal with the antics of the US, arguably the worst “bad actor on the world stage”? Short of calling them out as the most criminally aggressive lawless regime since Attila the Hun, sarcasm is the only refuge, and you can’t call truth propaganda.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  HelenB
March 19, 2019

Vesti News is in the wrong hands, unfortunately. The top director of Russian State Television is a CIA agent in Russia. One of the worst choices the Russian Government could have made.

Isabella
Isabella
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
March 19, 2019

You have evidence of this, of course. Could you supply us with it please? I’m trying to imagine President Putin allowing such a situation to occur.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Isabella
March 21, 2019

I have a long history of negative experiences with the top director of Russian State Television who is also responsible for the state news of RIA Novosti, RT, and of course “Sputnik” – his own creation, a bleak and rather simple-minded news media with short little “news” and boring “analysis”. In his infinite wisdom, Mr. Kisselev managed to kill off “The Voice of Russia” and all of its foreign outlets. I was writing as a journalist for “The Voice of Russia” and “Die Stimme Russlands”, since I publish in both languages. In my opinion, “The Voice of Russia” was a… Read more »

Joe
Joe
March 19, 2019

“Ukraine’s gas and oil reserves”: that’s a new one. Have they discovered oil in the Ukraine? Haven’t heard it until now!

fred
fred
Reply to  Joe
March 19, 2019

fracking

Vera Gottlieb
Vera Gottlieb
March 19, 2019

Just about any news about the US repulses me to no end.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Vera Gottlieb
March 21, 2019

Same here. I wish the DURAN would cut down on US news and lets us know more about Russia, China, Iran, Latin America. There is so much going on in the world. The US-centeredness is obnoxious.

fred
fred
March 19, 2019

Ukraine’s oil and gas reserves.
the US has NO interest in them (sarcasm)
and a fuew more basses on Russias doorstep would be welcome to

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