… by Jim W. Dean, VT Editor … with Press TV, Tehran
– Interview published … August 21, 2014 –
A political analyst tells Press TV that different countries around the world are now realizing that Western powers are using Ukraine as an excuse to impose more sanctions on Russia, Press TV reports.
You can watch the 5 minute PressTV Skype interview here.
During an interview with Press TV, Jim W. Dean said countries that “were on war of sanctions, like Finland, some Latin countries” are beginning to see that they need to be more active in “de-escalating” the Ukraine crisis, in order to prevent more sanctions from being imposed.
“They realize now that Ukraine is being used by the West to create this sanctions war against Russia,” Dean said.
Over the past months, Western states have placed sanctions on Russia, including on its financial and energy sectors.
“NATO is running a psychological operation on the military threat from Russia… [while] the Russian military threat to Ukraine is non-existent,” Dean said.
The sanctions include an arms embargo and restrictions on the sale of sensitive technology to Russia as well as the export of equipment for Russia’s oil industry. Western countries accuse Moscow of playing a role in the crisis in Ukraine. Russia rejects the accusation.
Ukraine’s eastern regions have witnessed deadly clashes between pro-Russia protesters and the Ukrainian army since Kiev launched military operations there in mid-April. So far, 2,000 people have been killed in the unrest.
Nearly 300,000 people have also been forced to flee their homes due to fierce fighting in the east, according to the UN.