It all seems to boil down to the age-old principle as true for politics as it is for geopolitics: divide and conquer.
"Washington's primary goal is not peace, not prosperity, not human rights, not democracy, not justice. Washington's primary goal is to remain the only superpower in the world," Ingemar Wärnström asserted.
Wärnström recalled two major topics in the smear campaign against Moscow with regard to Ukraine in an opinion piece published by Canadian independent research and media organization Global Research: Russia's reunification with Crimea and the MH17 tragedy.
In the first case Washington made every effort to convince ordinary people that the Black Sea peninsula was forced to become part of Russia under the barrel of a gun. Thankfully, multiple facts dispel this particular myth in an instant: the peaceful reunification took place following a referendum conducted according to international norms.
"The fact that Crimea has been a province of Russia since 1758 is not mentioned in Western media. Khrushchev handed over Crimea to Ukraine at a time when both were part of the Soviet Union and the whole thing was purely administrative…. After the [referendum] Crimean streets were full of jubilant inhabitants who had again become Russian citizens. Not a single shot was fired, and a referendum showed that 96% of the people wanted to return to Russia," Wärnström recalled.
- Rally and concert on Vasilyevsky Slope to mark anniversary of Crimea's reunification with Russia© Sputnik / Vladimir Astapkovich
- People watch fireworks during a concert marking the one-year anniversary of Crimea voting to leave Ukraine and join the Russian state, in central Simferopol on March 16, 2015© AFP 2019 / MAX VETROV
- Rally to mark anniversary of Crimea's reunification with Russia in St. Petersburg© Sputnik / Igor Russak
- Rally to mark anniversary of Crimea's reunification with Russia in Grozny© Sputnik / Said Tsarnaev
- In downtown Simferopol after voting in referendum on status of Crimea© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresenskiy
Washington has also tried to use the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 to its advantage. The Dutch Safety Board, tasked with investigating the crash, will release its final report in October but Western media has focused on blaming Russia and (or) self-defense forces in eastern Ukraine. No definitive proof has been provided for the wild accusations.
"I think the reason that we can't get to the bottom of this is that it's been used against Russia by Washington in order to break off Russia's relationships with Europe. It's the foundation of the sanctions and it's part of Washington trying to break up the political and economic relationships between Russia and Europe," Wärnström quoted former US Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy Paul Craig Roberts as saying.