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Farage’s punishment beating for telling the truth about Ukraine

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NIGEL Farage has really got the elites and their prostitute mainstream media panicking, this time by being the only politician who dares tell the truth about the origins of the Russia-Ukraine war.

First let me stress that I am not condoning Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. But Putin has made it very clear for at least the last 15 years that he saw Ukraine and Georgia, which both have long borders with Russia, joining Nato as an existential threat to his country and warned ‘not an inch eastwards’.

The West arrogantly ignored Putin’s warnings. That was dumb.

At a conference in April 2008, where Putin was invited to address Nato leaders, he warned that inviting Ukraine and Georgia to join Nato, and thus parking Nato troops and missiles directly on Russia’s borders, would be seen as an existential threat to Russia’s security. This was even reported in the BBC’s in-house rag, the Guardian, on April 4 2008: ‘The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, today repeated his warning that Moscow would view any attempt to expand Nato to its borders as a “direct threat”.’

In December 2021, Putin yet again warned the West that allowing Ukraine and Georgia to join Nato would be unacceptable, in the first minute of this three-minute video. In this video Putin (sensibly in my opinion) asks whether the US would allow Russian troops and missiles to be positioned along its borders with Canada or Mexico and reiterates his ‘not an inch eastwards’ threat.

Yet in January 2022, the US presented its written response to Russian demands on Ukraine not joining Nato and on Nato troops being withdrawn from Romania and Bulgaria, but made clear that it did not change Washington’s support for Ukraine’s right to pursue Nato membership, the most contentious issue in relations with Moscow.

The reply, which was delivered to the Russian Foreign Ministry by the US ambassador in Moscow, John Sullivan, repeated the US offer to negotiate with Russia over some aspects of European security, but the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, said the issue of eventual Ukrainian membership of the alliance was one of principle.

Blinken was speaking hours after his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, threatened‘retaliatory measures’ if the US response did not satisfy the Kremlin.

‘Without going to the specifics of the document, I can tell you that it reiterates what we said publicly for many weeks, and in a sense for many, many years. That we will uphold the principle of Nato’s open door,’ Blinken said, adding: ‘There is no change. There will be no change.’

There seem to have been at least two disastrous misjudgements which led to the current war:

·         The West thought Putin was bluffing. He wasn’t. Except when waving his nuclear missiles in public, Putin doesn’t normally do bluffing. After all, he has had three successful mini-wars in the last few years – the 2008 invasion of Georgia in which Russia routed the Georgian military, the 2014 annexation of Crimea without a shot being fired, and the Russian invasion (sorry, I meant ‘peace-keeping force’) during the Armenia and Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

·         It would seem that Putin believed the Ukraine invasion would be just another of Russia’s quick mini-wars – charge into Ukraine, take the main cities, depose the West-friendly government and install a Russian glove-puppet regime. But Putin got that one horribly wrong and now we have a real mess on our hands.

I guess all I’m trying to say is that the Nato countries – due to their arrogance, short-sightedness and catastrophic misjudgement of Putin’s character – possibly bear just as much responsibility for the Ukraine mess as Putin’s nationalist aggression and overestimation of Russia’s military power compared with Ukraine’s.

Nigel Farage’s sin, which is causing a massive mainstream media pile-on and punishment beating, was to tell the truth which our rulers and their bought, sycophantic media are desperate to hide from us.

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