Former State Department adviser: US hit energy facilities in former Yugoslavia and Iraq
NEW YORK, 2 December – RIA Novosti. In a discussion about the situation around Ukraine, James Carden, former adviser to the bilateral Russian-American Presidential Commission at the State Department, acknowledged that the United States carried out attacks on energy infrastructure during the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia and Iraq.
The expert spoke to the Turkish news channel TRT World on Thursday and Dmitry Polyansky, the First Deputy Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, also attended the meeting.
During the discussion, Polyansky quoted former NATO spokesperson Jamie Shea. The first deputy representative recalled that on May 25, 1999, at a briefing, the Shiites were asked why the alliance deprived Yugoslavia of 70% of not only electricity, but also water supply. Polyansky quoted Shia’s response: “Unfortunately, power also depends on command and control systems. If Milosevic really wants his citizens to have water and electricity, all he has to do is accept NATO terms and we will stop this campaign for now. Otherwise, he will try to attack targets that supply electricity to his army. we will continue.”
“Not me, Mr. Shia. I don’t understand why the position of NATO countries is different this time. They need to understand our military calculations,” Polyansky said.
In turn, Cardin said that Ukraine and its allies should not be surprised if Russia uses winter in its operations. “As your guest said, this is how we ran our campaign against Serbia and our ‘Shock and Awe’ campaign against Iraq in 2003,” Cardin said. said. He expressed his hope for efforts towards a negotiated settlement of the conflict in Ukraine.
Attacks on the Ukrainian infrastructure of the Russian Armed Forces began on October 10, two days after the terrorist attack on the Crimean bridge, behind which, according to Russian authorities, the Ukrainian special services stood. Attacks are being carried out against energy, defense industry, military command and communication facilities throughout the country. Since then, air raid warnings have been issued daily in parts of Ukraine, and sometimes across the country.
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