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the driver, no employees of the embassy were injured. local media claim, the incident was intentional. they have identified the driver is reported. he had been under house arrest and was sentenced to more than 15 years previously in jail for abusing his daughter. the man had also been been from leaving the country. the russian ambassador to romania believes the driver may have been caught up in the overwhelming anti rush a sentiment sweeping europe over the country's operation in russ liverts and filing say, the incident is currently being investigated only by romanian police. the russian embassy is not being given specific information from the authorities without a special request. when you, yesterday just before the incident, the foreign ministry of romania announced that 10 russian representatives have been declared persona non grata. hopefully, it corresponds to the policy of decreasing relations with russia. probably there are not serious intentions to conserve peace and mutually advantageous co operation for the right romania is one of the countries who created this policy of bringing
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oil to the fire to continue warfare in ukraine. can. however, russia has always been there for dialogue lately since the war started, there has been an increase in cases when russian citizens or people of russian descent have been deprived of their human rights. really choice. for example, they are denied from using banking services or their accounts are banned. richard, your businesses have been affected to some of them have stopped due to the fact bank accounts are blocked as junior. now do western media reports and outlets ignore the context behind the ukraine conflict, and if so, is it dawn on purpose, cross talk debates that and it's next. ah, ah, ah
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hello and welcome to cross stock where all things are considered. i'm peter lavelle . if you've been following the conflict in ukraine online and from media, you have been fed a steady diet of opinions like who are the good guys and who are the bad guys and who is winning or losing context is largely absent and that's on purpose. ah, crow, sucking media coverage of ukraine, i'm joined by my guest. daniela's are in new york. he's a journalist and author a 3 books on the u. s. constitution in bethesda, we crossed to peter cosmic, he's professor of history and director of the nucular studies institute at american university as well as co author with oliver stone of the untold history of the united states. and here in moscow we have maxine sutkowski. he is the director of the center for advanced american studies at moscow state institute of international relations. i gentleman crosswalk, rules and effect. that means you can jump in any time you want. and i always appreciated, peter, let me go to you 1st. and bethesda, i'm, i'm,
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i have to watch cable news. i have to read the mainstream media because i have to understand what they're talking about. and i'm demanding in a hardship pay because it's brutal to consume that information here. i mean, you've watch some of it obviously as well. and the con in the context of the conflict is completely absent. this is, it's, is something started this a little over a month ago, completely out of the blue. and when i, when i bring up topics like the minsk agreements and things like that, most people have don't have a clue what i'm talking about peter, your thoughts you're identifying a serious problem. there is no historical memory on mass media in the united states and for that reason in and that says of much of the world. so people don't the, can't put this in context of you to understand context. you can't figure out the solutions and the way out. so it for the 3 months leading up to this war with the troops were on the border, i must have done $75.00 interviews on russian television. and which i kept on
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urging putin to declare victory the world for the 1st time in decades, was talking about russia's national security concerns and couldn't was in a position to declare victory, remove those troops begin serious negotiation. and he didn't do it. and the, you know, at, we're talking about the lack of context and media is also lack of historical context and understanding on the part of most what global leaders and puny fell into that trap. i was shocked that he did this. i was shocked that he didn't learn the lessons from the afghan invasion in 1979 from the u. s. invasion of vietnam. the u. s. invasions of afghanistan, iraq, libya. these things don't end up the way these leaders think. when brezhnev went into afghanistan in 1979, he said it was, can be over within a month. who had that same illusion about ukraine. and we've created
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a global situation now that i think is so much worse for russia than it would have been, had the russian not invaded then. and for the whole global sit for the ball planet right now. we've created our very, very dangerous situation as well as a humanitarian catastrophe inside ukraine. so i'm, i'm very disappointed and i'm upset and i'm angry because what putin is done in large part is to legitimize all the militarist or the hawks, or the what people who want to strengthen nato. well, you go when increased military spending around the planet in the united states, in europe and elsewhere. so i think that we've touched off really a very, very dangerous, dangerous situation. no one is that there's a lot header. there's a lot said there, peter, but i don't think, you know, you need russian potent to legitimize or the neoconservatives and, and all the arms makers. okay. and that's not,
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it wasn't necessary. it was already in the cards, but i get your point here. daniel, let me go to you because, you know, when we had the white house coming out, saying rushes to separate his 50 chic defeat in ukraine. now that it and that, and that being be able to say that assumes that you know what the plan was will obviously they didn't. so i don't understand how they can possibly say um that there is a strategic defeat. it sounds great, but it is completely divorced to reality on the ground. daniel, go ahead. well, yeah, i mean the u. s. and in particular, the us democrats have been mounting a non stop campaign, the demon ization of russia, and potent that's been going full force since 2011. yeah, i mean, i mean, i mean, as far as democrats are concerned, is a elders of zion style, you know, manipulate a world manipulator source of evil source of endless subversion. he's been
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demonized, and this is ridiculous and there's no question that number one that a trap was late for him by the 3 left list eastwood pushed by by nato. and there's no question that the u. s. t wanted him to invade, invading with the endless cries that know he was about to send his troops in. he was about to send his troops and look out, look out. i mean, i mean, yes, i agree that that potent did fall into the trap, but that trap was laid by the us over the course of a decade. and so the us really bears the lion's share responsibility for this entire debacle. and i agree, it's extraordinarily dangerous. i think that world is plunging over a 1914 style cliff. i agree with that and you know, if i go to max here, i think we would, let's settle this guys. it was a trap. everybody agreed with that. ok. but i did the,
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i thought i'd still think that there were very few options unfortunately because of the nature of bad trouble. max, go ahead re actual weight we have are heard today. go ahead. well, i think in your since the breakup of the soviet union in the end of the cold war, there are 3 major narratives and the russian foreign policy discourse on what the us policy in ukraine, in the, in the east europe is all about one discourse is the so called, you know, the jewel strategic, kind of a big brzezinski type of narrative that says that, you know, you, the west has to best in ukraine and ultimately make and tie russia out of ukraine to make sure that russia is cut off from europe. and ukraine is a huge kind of anti rushing buffer, buffer state. that's why you need to invest a lot into their nationalist identity. no, that is the basis for their contemporary state who the 2nd narrative was in a way us acted as a superpower on auto pilot. you know, we didn't really care much for russia's concerns. it just went the way did because
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it was an ultimate victor in the, in the cold war. and, you know, the policy was pretty much we'll do as, as we're wish. and you will suffer what you must. so russia's concern and we're not taken into account. and the 3rd narrative is really, it's kind of a superpower, that out sources. it's russia policy to the states that have traditional historical grievances with russia in all the polls, the baltics, and they get to dictate to the rest of the west of what their russia policies should be. so basically, i think the russia security guarantees back in december were a litmus test for what really was driving us foreign policy in that part of europe . and we now see that people who thought that was kind of a mixture of the 3, but more so the 1st narrative, this kind of geopolitical driving factor and this out sourcing was see the way the polls in the baltics are now in bold. and pretty much, you know, gives policymakers in law school, a sense that you,
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there is really little. you can agree with the united states as far as european security and your ukraine's future you know, and that's very sad because ultimately i think the, the piece would be sought would have to be sought between moscow in washington. let me go back to peter. i mean, going back to what, what mac said the 1st narrative right there. well, they, one, russia has been cut off from europe. ok, so the europeans should be happy about that. is that good for europe? because that seals europe's faith as far as i'm concerned. and they are isolated. go ahead, peter. and i think this situation is good for anybody, peter. i think that everybody's suffering of it. well, you know peter, i'm sorry, but he do you think victorian newland is suffering? i bet she's drinking champagne. jake sullivan. i'm sure he's happy. i mean, boris johnson seems to be overwhelmingly happy as well. i mean, they're happy about this income outcome. okay. i so i mean,
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that is because it isn't accidental. it was planned and it's happened. go ahead peter. they're happy in the same sense that brzezinski broke open the champagne in 1979. when he induced the soviet invasion of afghanistan. you know that when public he cried crocodile tears behind the scenes. he was elated. yep, he said now we've given the soviet union its own vietnam and then, and that the effect that, that had on afghanistan and on the soviet union was devastating. there. they're trying to do some people to try to do the same thing in this situation. some of that concern is sincere and it is a live. we see the pictures we know what's going on. in many ways, it's a humanitarian catastrophe. what's going on inside of ukraine now? and then there are a lot of other people who want to use this strategically to weaken russia. so this both going on or what, but we need,
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we need to figure out and the world needs to figure out is how to ended as quickly as possible. what is the basis for a negotiated settlement that allows putin to save some face, get some of what lighter but, but, but who is talking about ending it? nobody in the west. no policy makers are daniel to please talk about. it is more arms, more arms. that's what they're talking about. no one in the west is talking about peace. go ahead, dana. i totally agree. i mean, i mean brzezinski and his 1997 best seller of the grand chessboard. i talked about using the ukraine as a battering ram with which to effect the break up of russia into 3 separate parts under us to lodge. and then the us would penetrate deep into central asia to begin attacking china. so what we see here, i mean, assuming bridge and skis, influences is still ongoing and i think it is mean what we see here is truly an
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existential threat to russia and an attempt to, to, to then do you know, then to penetrate into central asia and attack russia, that tac, china from the west, from zen gian, which is the most vulnerable a province. i mean, i don't support what potent did, but i certainly understood the, the thinking that led him to do what he did do. and the, and the threat from the u. s. is quite real. it's quite frightening and there's no indication that the u. s. was at any point prepared to let up and seek any kind of rational accommodation with the russian federation. it's daniel a question on that. now, peter, if you're going to ask him a question right after our hard break, so we're going to go to a hard break in right after that hard break. we'll continue our discussion, immediate coverage. i'm trying to stay with
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a, a green already a least leaving you that because normally with i'm says what do you like? is it from dish, with a personal number, you end up with a welcome back across stock where all things are considered. i'm peter
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a bell to remind you we're discussing media coverage of ukraine. ah, okay, peter, at the very last 2nd or the 1st part of the program, you want to ask daniel question, please go right ahead. daniel. in before the invasion, zalinski was saying that he was willing to accept that ukraine would not join nato and would effectively be neutral. it wasn't ready to go back to minsk too, but he would have given russia it's most important strategic i demand. and though do not agree that a potent should have accepted that and declared victory damage done to me here. if i could fact check you right there, it's come out in the last 3 new cycles. that big german chancellor spoke to
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zalinski and actually said, you know, you should declare that you do will not become a member of nato and maybe for a certain time period. so i mean in silence. he said no. okay, and this is one of the great miss steps i've got going into this conflict here. so i just wanted is the, i'm just wanted to throw that out there that, that there was a combination of go ahead, but we heard him also repeatedly say that ukraine would not join nato. and it was a nonstarter because everybody knew that ukraine was not joining nato and then nato didn't want you. cray, a setting out is a, he was cooling to the idea that says black, what quote here. and what you ask the question of, daniel, go ahead. daniel. okay, so i mean, i mean, i mean i agree with peter. yes, i mean the. busy i, if, if, to the degree that that was on, that was us lensky stance. yeah. a potent should have seized on it and made the most of it and run with the balls as far as he could on. but i also agree that there is that there is plenty of reason for the russians to be skeptical,
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most important of which is that the united states would never have permitted it. the united states is clearly intent on using the ukraine's a battering ram against russia. and you know, and, and, and i'm not just being paranoid because essentially brzezinski laid out the entire scheme 25 years ago. and this, and in great detail. and as far as i can tell was, you know, his book was highly influential in the u. s. foreign policy establish establishment . it was never repudiated or rejected. so you know, so, so i think his ideas have had a great impact. and i think for the u. s. busy goal involves something along those rabinski in line to, you know, to, to break up russia, penetrate central asia, and then move on to, to china. ok, let's go to high, i want to pro max here. i mean, again, i mean i, i have a very difficult time,
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you know, even if zalinski said ok, yes, we will put a moratorium on it. maxime, what kind of value do those words have? i mean, ever since the end of the cold or the u. s. has repudiated countless numbers of agreements. they've walked away. they've never taken russian security interest. seriously. i mean, you know, it's easy to play monday morning quarterback, but i mean, you have a whole lineage of time where agreements are just not taken seriously. and then the russians send out to ultimatums because that's what they were one to nature. when did the united states, and they were just blown off. i mean, so i'm not sure the value of words here anymore. max, well, you know, i've, for, as, as, as, as we're thinking about this issue today here in moscow, i think most of our thinking is that the, you know, the, the events of the current events will be written and discuss by the historians in a wide happened and should have happened or should have not happened, the rubicon is crossed and we have to come from this new that you know what,
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what we've done. we can't go back and change it. but what i want to say is that the what seems to be a short term gain for the west. and i totally echo the sentiment that we don't really see any willingness on part of the united states or europe eons to help a whole you know, help the negotiation process more arms mean, you know, your brain gets more strong in resisting and fighting russia. so the war will, you know, rage on, for some time the end the plan seems to be to get russia stuck and indeed to create another outcome campaign for, for moscow. but i think the policy will autumn alternately echo and fire back because the biden's presidency was supposed to be about getting america stronger to guard her china and the ultimate picture in all of that seems to be exactly china. and even though the united states believes that russia is now losing the bite and
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presidency will be accompanied by the crisis with russia, as china will be cherry picking and getting stronger and getting more challenging for the next us president to deal with. and russia will not go away despite all the attempts to cancel it. and to sanction that, it will not go away from the map. it will continue to be a strategic challenge for the west and for europe that will invest in more in its policies of di westernization, the americanization de dollarization. and a lot of the policies that the west is now pursue and will also contribute to those exactly trans with the rest of the world in other countries thinking twice before willing to invest in 2 american banks and, and system and things like that. yes, i mean that i'm glad max brought that up because that's where i wanted to go here. i mean that the ricochet affect your, i mean, i spent a good part of my day looking at the impact of the sanctions all around the world.
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the lack of their lack of a or though it's a food security and things like that all over the world. it's ricocheting all over the place is really difficult to comprehend where all this is going because it's the 1st time a major a g 20 countries been sanctioned like this. and no countries ever been in sanction as much as russia right now. and the implications of which are truly hard to comprehend. peter, yes, it was created a very, very dangerous situation globally right now, in russia and ukraine, accounts with 38 percent of world weak sales. we're talking russia accounts for 20 percent of world fertilizer sales. russian ukraine, 30 percent of world grain sales. we've seen the price of energy skyrocketing. we seen the price of food and commodities going up. and many countries are destabilized by this. and it's only going to get worse, which is again, why this needs to be ended as quickly as possible. because we are in an integrated
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global economy. it, peter, but we, if we stand back, it's so was it all worth it from nato to absorb ukraine? is it all? is that worth it? now looking back, you know, yeah, i mean from, you know, when people in yemen and ethiopian kanyes a, why are we having a food prices because the americans wanted ukraine and nato? it's preposterous. i mean it's, it's interesting the way was the world looks at this. i've been doing a lot of shows on indian tv lately. and india is it interesting case because india has refused to condemn russia. in fact, india's strength is ties with russia, lab or i was just there after you went to beijing. and so, but the, the effect mean a lot of countries see the broader context. they see nato expansion. they see the role that ukraine has played in terms of russia's foreign policy concerns, you know, and they view it differently than the americans and some of the europeans do. you
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know, if this is something a narratives we've been debating for a long time, but we see the immediate impact. and we have hardly talked about the humanitarian catastrophe this going on inside of ukraine, which is also very, very troubling. also what's happening with the russian military men is a lot of reassessing that's going to go on in the aftermath of this as we try to figure it out. if the world can move forward from this, maybe we can get off of fossil fuels a little bit more, more dependence on renewables. that would be a good thing for come out at a heater, you know, and, and another good thing would be if i go to daniel, is that, you know, let's go back to square one. every country have the right to have its own security . i mean, that's the argument i was making on this program for months. okay. let russia have security as well. no. and you crank and have it. everyone else can have it except for the russians. that's how we got here, daniel. yeah, yeah, i mean, when it was, there'd be a, at the, a better world of everybody and everybody a, you know,
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made allowances for every country security concerns. but the u. s. does not do that . the u. s. has targeted russia, the democrats of particular have been on a decade long campaign of demon ization painting russia as the source of all evil in the world. i mean, a sparrow doesn't fall anywhere on earth with was latter potent somehow, you know, not causing it. it's a completely outrageous and this kind of mindset is not one that leads to any kind of mutual accommodation. at least the opposite leads to confrontation and insane pointless warfare. but that's where we are now in. and clearly, clearly the us has led nato up to the doorstep. and, you know, and it's only a matter of time before france and germany begin questioning. you know,
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how the hell they arrive here at this point. we get exactly. i was rapidly running out of time max here, the russian on the program here and looking at the displays of anti lucifer, big trends all through the west. in my mind, the western liberalism actually shows its true face. doesn't it? ok, it's very bigoted. it's racist. and a, and you could do it with impunity. max, well, i think there is nothing surprising here. and i think that's pretty much been the, the, the, the talking points and, and the scores coming from the russian side for, for, we're like, it's what i want to say is that the rest of the world. and i think that are mentioned that does not necessarily buy the things that the western information and western policymakers are saying. so indeed, russia may be losing the information war in the west or the western target audience . but it's not necessarily losing it in the rest of the world in the middle east,
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in particular, in india, in china. if you look at their domestic discourse, and even though countries are not necessarily, you know, voting for russia, the un general assembly and seek to know hatched their own risks with sanctions. politically masika was not getting that kind of pressure. the west thinks russia is getting in the rest of the world. so i think we're, we're still far from, from things been already. jenny, peter, i'm going to give you the last 30 seconds. go ahead. i agree with max about that. but back to daniel's point, it, we've all been challenging this demon ization of putin rhetoric for years. but now unfortunately, putin has lived down to those people who have been demonizing him. i think what i've seen it with the people i've been debating with is they feel vindicated. they've been saying that putin was a thug and a tyrant and
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a dictator. and now he's given them more credibility than they ever had before or than they deserve. so another reason why i'm so angry with boot and about this. he's in empowered that militarist, empowered the russia haters, russia, peter b r. u. glad did. the the, the ethnic cleansing of the don basses come to an end. i hope that they've settled the di. hi, so i hope i do their side. we started out the program with context and there was a predicate and let's not forget that context and predicate as all the time we have about to thank my guests in new york, bethesda, and here in moscow. and thanks to our viewers for watching us here, darcy see you next time? remember? crosstalk rules. ah, ah
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