Via Sputnik News Agency…
“It is common knowledge that a son of US Vice President Joe Biden serves on the board of directors of Ukraine’s gas producer,” the deputy chair of Germany’s Left Party said.
“It is common knowledge that US, as well as British companies are interested in Ukraine’s shale gas reserves. Agricultural multinationals want to get access to fertile lands in Ukraine.”
The goal is to exploit Ukraine’s resources, Sahra Wagenknecht is convinced. “I doubt it serves Ukraine’s interests or truly helps to promote peace or social policies,” the German politician from the leading opposition party added.
There is no future for Ukraine if its economic ties with Russia are severed, she told Sputnik.
Wagenknecht emphasized that she supports the German government’s efforts to ensure the implementation of the Minsk peace deal on Ukraine, “but someone is trying to undermine this agreement and the peace process. First of all I mean those supplying weapons and sending military advisers from the United States and the United Kingdom.”
“Arms are already being sent and the volume of deliveries is likely to increase. This torpedoes the peace process instead of speeding it up,” the German politician said. Evidently, there are powerful forces in the United States seeking to undermine the peace process and ferment war, she added.
The United States is often two-tongued in its foreign policy, Wagenknecht said. Washington “occupied Iraq to destroy non-existent weapons of mass destruction.
“Isn’t it remarkable that the Unites States always fights against dictators in the countries of their economic interests and successfully cooperates with dictators in other regions, for instance Saudi Arabia,” the German MP asked.
More of the interview, as translated by Fort Russ…
The Ukrainian economy is in ruins today not only from the war in the Donbass, but also from the loss of Russian markets, says a German deputy.
The Ukrainian economy is on the edge of collapse not just on account of the war in Donbass, but also — and in the first place — because of efforts by the West to destroy the cooperation of the country with Russia, declared the German deputy and vice-president of the Left Party Sahra Wagenknecht, in an interview with news agency Sputnik.
“The Ukrainian economy has been seriously shaken; the heavy industry concentrated mostly in the east exports what it produces to Russia, not to the EU, where it will never find fluid markets. Russia was its one market. If you cut the economic links with it, Ukraine will have no prospects.”
According to her, Ukraine has a real need to “reintegrate a common economic space,” a space that does not exclude economic cooperation with the EU, without the price of confrontation with Russia.” For Sahra Wagenknecht, “Kiev would do well to work in both directions.”
“Ukraine needs peace, investments, re-industrialization. But the conditions now prevailing, notably in the framework set by the IMF, do not favor this evolution of matters. These conditions will not do anything but stifle the country,” affirmed the Bundestag member.
Asked about the policy of the US, Ms Wagenknecht let it be known that the priorities of Washington were economic.
“When the US talks about democracy and human rights, they are just thinking about their economic interests, including the chance to exploit energy resources. Ukraine is no exception. It is public knowledge that the US vice president’s son is a board member of a Ukrainian energy firm. Also known is that American corporations, as well as British ones, have evinced a lively interest in developing Ukrainian shale gas. Further, agricultural consortiums have evinced an interest in getting access to Ukraine and its fertile soil. What is Ukraine good for? Exploitation. I very much doubt that this policy corresponds to the good of Ukraine’s population.”
According to her, the sanctions decreed against Russia mostly profit the US.
“These measures primarily impact the European economy, the German economy. In contrast, the situation suits the US perfectly. The US has never had substantive trade exchanges with Russia.”
“One knows that the US has every interest in driving Russian gas out of Europe, to be able to replace it with their own shale gas, at much greater cost. We see that it is a matter of concrete economic interest. I think that Europe ought not show itself to be so stupid as to act contrary to its own interests.” declared Mme Wagenknecht.
And to conclude? “The economic sanctions go against the interests of Europe.”