The US regime is mulling a strategy of subverting Russia’s aims, without direct involvement, in case it protects eastern Ukraine, which may involve arming and training Ukrainian fighters in Europe.
American President Joe Biden has apparently not made up his mind about what his government would do in the event that Moscow defends the Donbass, the New York Times claims.
Washington apparently believes that Ukraine does not stand a chance against a potential Russian liberation force in an open battle and it instead has focused on supporting Ukrainian “guerrilla” warfare on territory that could be protected by Moscow, the report explains.
If Putin invades Ukraine with a major military force, the USA and NATO military will provide assistance, intelligence, cyber, anti-armor and anti-air weapons and offensive naval missiles, James Stavridis, a retired four-star Navy admiral who also served as the NATO supreme allied commander declared.
If it turned into a Ukrainian insurgency, Putin should realize that, after fighting insurgencies ourselves for two decades, we know how to arm, train and energize them, he added. The admiral apparently was drawing upon the experience of the US military in Afghanistan.
There, Washington first supported the Mujahideen fighting the Soviet troops in the late 1970’s and 1980’s and then found itself fighting the Taliban, for around two decades, before eventually leaving the country in a rather hasty manner last year.
The plan would involve training the would-be insurgents in nearby NATO countries such as Poland, Romania and Slovakia, as well as providing them with weapons, logistical support, medical equipment and sanctuaries during Russian counter-offensives against the guerrilla fighters.
White House officials also “made it clear” in talks with American allies that the Ukrainians could also rely upon overt assistance from the Pentagon and covert help from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
So far, the USA says it has only supplied Ukraine with “defensive” weapons, including anti-tank missiles, radars, communication equipment and patrol boats, to avoid provoking Russia.
The report comes after a week of high-level talks with Russia, NATO and the OSCE to discuss Moscow’s proposals for improving collective security in Europe. The US and its allies rejected Russia’s key proposals out of hand.
Following the talks, the White House once again accused Russia of “fabricating a pretext” for invading Ukraine – something Moscow has dismissed as a baseless claim.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point Europe News 2022.