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VIEW POINT: Why Putin's peace plan was blacked out

By Staff Reporter
"Let me repeat again, that in Russia's view, the blame for the crisis in Ukraine lies with those who organised the coup d'etat in Kiev on February 22-23 ... But whatever the case, we must look for a way to solve the situation as it is today ..."And, as I said, what is needed is direct, full-fledged and equal dialogue between the Kiev authorities and the representatives of people in southeast Ukraine.... I don't know whether a Geneva-2 round of talks ... is realistic.

"(But) I believe that if we want to find a long-term solution to the crisis, there must be an open, honest and equal dialogue. That is our only option."

This is what Russian President Vladmir Putin said last week on Wednesday as he made a proposal for ending the violence in Ukraine at an Organisation for Co-operation and Security in Europe in Moscow.

Unfortunately, most Western audiences never heard what he had to say because the media failed to publish his statement.

The reason for the omission is fairly obvious, the media doesn't want people to know that Putin is not the ghoulish, authoritarian caricature he's portrayed to be, but a level-headed pragmatist who wants a swift and peaceful resolution to the crisis.

He also said: "We think the most important thing now is to launch direct dialogue, genuine, full-fledged dialogue between the Kiev authorities and representatives of southeast Ukraine. This dialogue could give people from southeast Ukraine the chance to see that their lawful rights in Ukraine really will be guaranteed."

Does that sound like a bloodthirsty "KGB thug" who's driven by dreams of territorial expansion and empire-building or does it sound like a responsible leader who wants to facilitate a ceasefire until cooler heads prevail?

Putin made a number of concessions in his speech that are worth noting. For example, he agreed to move his troops away from the Ukrainian border which has been a bone of contention with the Obama administration since the Kiev crackdown began more than two weeks ago. Putin agreed to withdraw his army even though he may have weakened Russia's defences in the process.

Putin also asked representatives of the southeastern regions of Ukraine to postpone the referendum scheduled for May 11.

So he moved his troops back from the border and called on pro-Russian activists to put off the vote on greater political autonomy. That's two significant concessions, right? But, why is Putin doing this?

Does he have something up his sleeve? Is he trying to lull his enemies to sleep before he orders a full-blown blitz on Kiev?

Be serious. Putin doesn't want to take over Ukraine, that's just neocon hogwash. He has his own problems to deal with.

He's not going to add to them by annexing a broken, basket-case failed state that's rapidly sliding into a major depression. Why would he do that? Then why is he so eager to make concessions? Is it because he's scared? Maybe he's afraid of a confrontation with NATO and the US so he's caving in before war breaks out on his western flank? Is that it? Is Putin a coward?

According to the Western media he is, but that's because the coverage has focused exclusively on his willingness to move his troops which makes it look like Washington's hardline policies (sanctions, threats, sabre-rattling) are actually working instead making things worse. Which they are.

What's been left out of the reporting is Putin's plan to end the violence. That never gets mentioned because the media doesn't want Putin to look like a peacemaker. That doesn't serve their interests at all.

Putin's interest in peace is not entirely altruistic. It's also about money too. Big money. But, so what? What difference does that make? So Putin is not as pure as the driven snow. Big deal. The fact is, he's still pushing for peace, which is not only beneficial for Moscow, but Europe and Ukraine as well.

The only one that doesn't benefit from peace is Washington, which is why the media is suppressing information that promotes de-escalation. It's because Washington wants a war. War is the vehicle for breaking up the Russian Federation into tiny statelets that pose no threat to US military bases spread throughout Asia. War is the means by which Washington can make its pivot, surround China, and control its future growth. War paves the way for establishing US outposts in Ukraine and subverting greater economic integration between Russia and Europe. War is US policy because war advances US interests. Period.

Washington cannot achieve its strategic or economic objectives without a confrontation. That's why the present situation is so worrisome, because - judging by the scalding rhetoric emerging from the White House, the US State Department, and all the major media - Obama is going to continue to provoke Moscow until he gets the reaction he wants. Whatever it takes. That's US foreign policy in a nutshell.

Here's more from Putin also said: "The responsibility for what is happening in Ukraine now lies with the people who carried out an anti-constitutional seizure of power . . . and with those who supported these actions and gave them financial, political, information and other kinds of support and pushed the situation to the tragic events that took place in Odessa. It's simply blood-chilling to watch the footage of those events." In other words, he wants peace.

Unfortunately, Obama's crew strangled Putin's peace plan before it ever left the cradle. The US-backed puppet regime in Kiev has even promised to step-up attacks on protestors in the east.

The threat of peace has been skilfully avoided giving Obama's fascist friends the green light to pursue their strategy of tearing Ukraine apart, killing untold thousands of civilians, and deploying NATO to Russian's western peri-meter.

And that's why Putin's speech was blacked out by the media, because it conflicted with Washington's plan to launch another war. - Global Research

Mike Whitney lives in Washington State. He can be reached at fergiewhitney@msn.com.





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