'US and NATO, not Russia, need to back off Ukraine' ― RT Op-Edge

The US and NATO are ready to overlook the nationalism and racism of many of the groups that make up the Ukrainian opposition in Ukraine in order to have a pro-NATO and pro-US government installed in Kiev, foreign policy columnist Conn Hallinan told RT.

The neoconservative view of the world is driving US and even European foreign policy in Ukraine. This includes a deliberately aggressive foreign policy that involves pushing NATO right up to the Russian border, explained Hallinan.

“There is a bloc of political elites, economic elites in the US that pretty much have a kind of un-reconstructed view of the world that's really like the Cold War. And a group of them are neoconservatives: the Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland who was caught in that conversation with the US Ambassador to Ukraine basically planning the coup and about the person who ended up Prime Minister of the coup government,” Hallinan said.

“I think that they have a view which is very aggressive militarily, economically and if you can march NATO up essentially right to the Russian borders, then what you'd also do is to force the Russians to consider whether or not they are going to play a constructive role in Iran and Syria.”

Russia has been playing a prominent role on the international stage, with many recent policy achievements under its belt, including the Iranian talks. Hallinan argues that many in the US and Europe resent that success.

“It was really the Russians who got the Iranians to agree to sit down and start negotiating seriously about their nuclear program and it was the Russians who got the Syrians to agree to have talks and at least examine the possibility of a political solution. I think that there is a group in the US, not just in the US but also in France, in Britain, who don't like that view of the world, who really want a Cold War view of the world. Who would like to see Iran a target of a military attack, who would like to see Syria the target of a military attack, and whose view of Europe is very much what it was in 1955-1956: ‘Russia is an evil empire, you have to challenge it and you have to try to isolate it from any effect in world politics.’”

Some of the key elements of the revolution in Ukraine are being swept under the rug, including the racist and nationalist tendencies of some central players.

“Aspects of the so-called revolution in Ukraine, such as the Svoboda party, are openly racist and have celebrated the formation of a former SS division operating in Ukraine. What is worrying is that there is so little mention of this in the Western media, which is biased in its reporting of Ukraine,” explained Hallinan.

“One of the things I find interesting is that if you do a search in American newspapers for Right Sector and Svoboda you'll find very few references and no history. Last year, the Svoboda party celebrated the formation of the Galician division of the Waffen SS, which was the section of the Nazi army that was directly commanded by the Nazi party. The Waffen SS were particularly efficient at killing people, particularly Jews. Jews were killed in WWII in Ukraine. There is no mention of that at all.”

Without this information, all Americans are seeing is pro-democracy European modernists in the West against dictatorial Russians in the East. “That's the way most Americans look at the story, they don't see anything else. And I don't see at this point that the American media is going to give much of a counter-narrative to see. American media is controlled by very few companies and people view the world as what they see on Fox TV and read in the daily newspapers and it's a one-note orchestra,” Hallinan said.