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‘Pointless’ sanctions will have no effect in Ukraine, says Russian commentator

July 30th, 2014
03:43 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

American and European sanctions imposed on Russia over its alleged backing of separatists in Ukraine are “pointless,” Dmitry Babich, a political analyst at the international Russian state broadcaster Voice of Russia told CNN’s Hala Gorani, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Wednesday.

“It’s not immediately clear how these sanctions can bring what we all desire – peace in Ukraine,” Babich said.

Russia, he said, sees the conflict in Ukraine as a genuine civil war, not a Russian creation.

“For thirty years, Russia and America were not able to stop the flow of arms and fighters from Pakistan to Afghanistan,” he said.

The “Russian-Ukrainian border is huge; it’s thousands of miles. And there are many people in Russia who want to fight in Ukraine. There are lots of people with fighting experience from Afghanistan, from Chechnya, from Moldova.”

Babich expressed dismay that the United States and other Western powers have not criticized the current Ukrainian government’s offensive against pro-Russian separatists in the same way that they condemned the use of snipers against protesters in Kiev earlier this year.

“There are no critical words towards this government, neither in the United States nor in Europe. That stumps Russians, and makes us more resistant to sanctions.”

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  1. Dean Grant

    The world has gone mad. The Russians and Ukraine conflict gets them sanctions. The Israel and Palestine madness is surely double standards.
    How can Woman and children be murdered by a sophisticated and very intelligent nation and military.
    The land occupation, the excuses and on going reasons not to address the occupation equates to land theft. The user's of the land should compensate the land owners at a minimum a ground rental for illegal usage. Sadly Israel is not Putin and the wonderful and incredible people(USA) who support the land thieves, not to mention the modern day human and economic supresion of people.

    Unfortunately never can Palestinians experience the same freedom and liberty of the American people.
    Palestinians are not recognised as human surely as kids.. and the kids mothers are murdered by the very same land thieves.
    I ask how can humanity support bombs killing kids and woman.
    In summary the killers are land thieves and the defenders of the Palestine rights are the terrorists
    Surely its time now, to perform first things first and give back the human right and the land to the rightful owners
    The murdered kids and mothers would very well be alive today had the land not been stolen or taken from the rightful owners.

    There is clearly a difference message sent when the land owners shoot rocks at the the land thieves and or when the land owners shoot rocks at there neighbours. .

    July 30, 2014 at 5:54 pm | Reply
  2. chandran

    this time another aryan root indo aryan indians will make gas chambers ready for the rest of jews crooks
    who is doing all the things now and prove the aryan myth and our freedom linked to world war II also and briishers
    never wants to talk about that.

    July 31, 2014 at 8:15 am | Reply
  3. Western Propaganda

    USA and their puppet Poroshenko are murderers with innocent blood on their hands

    The videos of their war crimes are countless

    July 31, 2014 at 6:50 pm | Reply
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