Ukrainian opposition and the West ‘playing with fire siding with extreme nationalists’
There is a danger that the Ukrainian extreme right are serving the political purpose of the apparently moderate leaders, who in fact want a revolution, Mark Almond, professor of history at Oxford University, told RT.
Thus, “the so-called liberals and moderates are playing with fire,” Almond concludes, saying that the extremist mob now clashing with police in the streets might turn against them, too. “It’s a very unstable situation, and I think that Vitaly Klitchko, Yatsenyuk, Parshenko – these leaders whom the West courts – are playing with fire, and so is the West,” Almond believes.
Mark Almond also points out that the situation is “a sinister, cynical political power game about the Ukraine, which has implications for the functioning of the constitutions of the Western Europe, for the functioning of our own democracy.”
“I think it is a rather sinister sign not only for Ukraine that the democratic countries of the EU and the US, their governments and democratic institutions in Brussels, are siding with a rioting mob in the streets,” he said.
“Yanukovich’s government refused to sign the association agreement with the EU – that sparked the protest. In other words, Yanukovich has a negative rating for the EU and for America; he didn’t do what we wanted. What if a government inside the EU was to begin to say that we don’t entirely agree with this or that, would they also see a sponsored crowd on the streets, would they also see inside a country inside the EU a threat to the constitutional order if you don’t follow the line that the bureaucrats in Brussels have laid down,” Almond told RT.