Voice of Russia: What is your take on the following information: there are rumors that Euromaidan was sponsored by the west. What is your take on that?
Daniel McAdams: I don’t think there is any question that the US and the EU played a central role in supporting the protesters in Kiev. The idea that it is a question is astonishing. But you are right, there are many in the west who don’t believe that the US was involved. But if you look at the role of Victoria Nuland who was in Ukraine 3 or 4 times from before the crisis hit until the very end, she was seen supporting the protestors as your listeners know, giving them treats on the square. John McCain was there and numerous European politicians were there on the square and they said things like “your struggle is a just cause, we are on your side, you are fighting for democracy.” So, in every way the US and EU are intervening on behalf of the protestors.
VOR: Doesn’t that mean that they are supporting radicalism?
McAdams: I think they were supporting this regime change, and I think they understood as the US understands in Syria where it also supports radicalism in favor of regime change, I think it has this false belief that it can employ the services of extremists like the Svoboda and the Praviy sector and the Jihadists in Syria -- they can employ these people to affect the violent regime change and then somehow put genie back in the bottle when this is done. And we’ve seen from Libya, to Egypt, to Syria, everywhere where the US and the west tried this tactic, it has been an absolute failure.
VOR: What development of events in Ukraine would be most beneficial for the west?
McAdams: I think the most beneficial for the west would be to follow a non-interventionist approach. Unfortunately, already they set on the course of interventionism, they precipitated these events to a degree but what they can do now is to roll back the rhetoric. It is in no one’s interest to retaliate against Russia and I think to be honest Europeans are understanding this. What we are seeing from the Germans and from the Belgians, in the last day, is that they are very hesitant to expel Russia from the G8; they are increasingly concerned over the US rhetoric, it is very aggressive rhetoric, and they understand the implications of cutting off Russia particularly when the winter does remain somewhat cold and they need trade with Russia. So, I think you are probably going to see some sort of a split between the US and the EU on this unless the US starts to understand the foolishness of its policies toward Ukraine.
VOR: What implications and consequences on the west to hold preparations of G8 meeting do you see?
McAdams: I think this suspension of cooperation is more of a symbolic move. I don’t think it has any meaning. However, if they do follow through and do something strong about participation in the G8 meeting, I don’t see how that would hurt Russia. Someone pointed out earlier today, Putin didn’t even attend the first G8 meeting after he was reelected. So, I don’t think it is something that would harm Russia. But it would send a wrong signal and I think if the US goes further, and tries to impose sanctions on Russia, not only will it be laughable because the sanction regime can’t hold up, but you may well see Russia start improving relations with Iran. Russia has been observing international sanctions against Iran but maybe at that point they will change their mind. And we saw today that China has come out in favor in theory of what Russia is doing. So, there you’ve lost a very significant country as well. So, I don’t think this rhetoric can hold.
VOR: If we go back to Ukrainian issue, in your view, what can be done right now to eradicate extremism in this country and how do you expect the events in Ukraine and Crimea to develop in the nearest future?
McAdams: The institute that I work for, the Ron Paul Institute, is not in the business of telling Ukraine what to do to eradicate extremism, but what the US should do is stop supporting, stop underwriting extremism, stop pretending that the people in the streets who are putting up their hands in the Hitler salute, that they stop pretend that this is not happening, stop pretending that the so-called peaceful demonstrators were not shooting, beating and burning police officers, face reality and stop subsidizing them. I am certain the majority of Ukrainians do not approve of these people and we are seeing this disapproval in eastern Ukraine where people are rising up against extremists. So, the US needs to back off and that will go a long way towards getting rid of these extremists.
Reprinted from Voice of Russia Radio.