In a resolution passed today in the U.S. House of Representatives, by a vote of 411 to 10, the U.S. effectively “declared Cold War on Russia,” according to a statement by Daniel McAdams, executive director at the Ron Paul Institute, to RT [Russia Today].
McAdams said it was also a declaration of war for Kiev against Donetsk and Lugansk, two new self-proclaimed states in eastern Ukraine. “This is a green light for the [NATO-backed] Poroshenko government to resume military actions against the “separatists” in Eastern Ukraine.”
Res 758, “Strongly condemning the actions of the Russian Federation, under President Vladimir Putin, which has carried out a policy of aggression against neighboring countries aimed at political and economic domination,” is credited to Rep. Adam Kinziger (R-Ill.).
The Resolution demands that Russia reverse its annexation of Crimea and “calls on the President to cooperate with United States allies and partners in Europe and other countries around the world to refuse to recognize any de jure or de facto sovereignty of the Russian Federation over Crimea, its airspace, or its territorial waters.”
The Resolution also calls for military aid to Ukraine and more severe economic sanctions against Russia.
McAdams notes the timing: the South Stream pipeline that was supposed to start going through Bulgaria was called off this week. “The US probably views that as a great victory. When the Europeans are paying 30 percent more for their fuel they may have a different view of it.”
The Resolution was at the top of the news on RT.com, showing that Russians are taking it very seriously, stated Jane Orient, M.D., president of Physicians for Civil Defense, though it didn’t make Google News.
The Russians’ only warm-water port is in Crimea, which has been in Russian hands, with one brief interlude, since the time of Catherine the Great. It is critical to Russian security, she notes.
The Resolution refers to chapter five of the NATO Treaty, which requires all NATO members to come to the military assistance of all others, though Ukraine is not at present a member of NATO. With such alliances a small skirmish could rapidly become a world war.
“Does Congress understand the dangers of inviting conflict with nuclear-armed Russia, especially in this critical region not far from Moscow?” Orient asks. “All Americans need to be asking about civil defense.”
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