Soros has long been a major player in the Balkans, acting to counter Russian influence, protect his own considerable investments, and gin up conflict wherever he can. He was a major source of funding for pro-war front groups during the Kosovo war, and he's playing the same role these days. As a major source of money for the Democratic party, Soros is bound to have a decisive influence over the restored Clinton administration -- and this will be a point of unity between the two major parties, as the neocons in charge of the GOP have also been agitating for a showdown with Putin.
The major threat to Poroshenko's government isn't the Russians, or the easterners, but his own people, who are chafing under the burden of imposed austerity and suffering greatly. With the outright fascists like Right Sector and its allies waiting in the wings, Poroshenko's Western backers would be loath to accept his probable successor should the "Chocolate King" fall.
That's why, as I noted here, they're ginning up yet another manufactured "crisis" in neighboring Macedonia, where Western NGOs are agitating for regime change in order to block the proposed Russian pipeline that will bring natural gas to European markets. The goal is to isolate Russia, both economically and politically, and eventually move the West's regime change operation into the Russian heartland, restoring the rule of the oligarchs -- their oligarchs, as opposed to Putin's -- and silencing the Russian leader's trenchant critique of US hegemonism.
This policy is entirely contrary to our real national interests, which are not served by starting a new cold war with Russia. The Russians, after all, face the same threat we do: Islamic terrorism has torn apart the former Soviet republics of Central Asia, reaching into Russia itself to wreak death and destruction. Yet we have favored the Islamists, openly supporting their Chechen branch, just as we're funding and arming Islamist rebels in Syria -- all in the name of "democracy," of course.
It's a suicidal policy, one that has no rational explanation or justification: but then again, that's nothing new when it comes to understanding Washington's motives.
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