“Why we had to launch a ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine. Russia’s foreign intelligence chief provides a unique and chilling insight.5 April 2022
Russia’s head of foreign intelligence has accused the West of aiming to destroy the State of Russia. Sergey Naryshkin, as director of the SVR, is one of the top men in the tiny coterie of military figures around the embattled Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The intelligence chief claims he has information showing the real objectives and actions of the West.
His detailed outline of what Russia sees as the roots of the current conflict are contained in a document on the SVR’s website, which for much of the early days of the current Russia-Ukraine conflict was suppressed by Western or Ukrainian cyberwarfare.
Naryshkin says Russia’s actions in Ukraine are the culmination of thirty years of post-Cold War conflict between the West and Russia. The West, he writes, had been “trying to encircle Russia with a new Iron Curtain” and had chosen “cowardly attempts” to establish an economic, informational and humanitarian ‘blockade’. He dismissed claims by the West that it is acting to protect the sovereignty of Ukraine and European security as “disgusting” hypocrisy.
He added: “Chaos and destruction have come close to the borders of our homeland.”
And he concludes that Ukraine will end up “completely different”.
Fascinatingly, Naryshin sets out a version of history that contradicts the narrative presented by the West.
He states that after the collapse of the Soviet Union “Moscow, having barely recovered from the geopolitical catastrophe, had no and could not have any imperial ambitions. The only thing it wanted and wanted was that its neighbouring states should not be used as a platform for hostile activities, and that the Russian-speaking population would not be subjected to cultural genocide. Quite a legitimate wish, isn’t it?”
This, according to Naryshkin, is the story of Western efforts to make Russia subservient to its wishes, and which Russia had to reverse by acting in Ukraine:
“The strategic plans of the United States proceeded and proceed from the maxim “Who controls Eurasia, owns the world.” From the documents of the American intelligence community, it is clear that Washington sees primarily the emergence of “regional hegemonies” on the Eurasian continent that can challenge American power as a real threat to its own security.
“In order to pre-empt the very possibility of such a danger from Russia, the process of NATO’s eastward expansion was initiated. The alliance was getting closer and closer to Russia’s borders, thinking it was not risking anything. Countries that objectively do not meet the criteria for membership were admitted to the organisation – the main thing is that they ensure the construction of a sanitary cordon against our country.
“And they, it must be said, successfully coped with this task, conducting rabid campaigns for de-Russification, expulsion of Russian-language media, criminal and physical persecution of their own citizens who risked advocating the development of cooperation with Moscow. Suffice it to recall the institution of non-citizens in the Baltic States. Is it worth adding that all the “colour revolutions” that arose in Russia’s neighbouring states were directed or openly supported by the West?
“In parallel, as mentioned above, the whole world watched the bombing of Yugoslavia, the invasion of Afghanistan, the destruction of Iraq, Libya, Syria. These conflicts clearly demonstrated what happens to countries that dared not to please the United States and the West in some way, while not having sufficient military potential. Acts of aggression were served under the guise of defending peace and security. When it later turned out that there was no real threat, they smiled sweetly, as former British Prime Minister Thomas Blair did, telling reporters something along the lines of: “But in the end, everything turned out to be the best possible.”
“It is not surprising that Russia soon faced the intensification of Russophobic policy in its “underbelly”. In Ukraine, this resulted in a violent change of power in 2014, the genocide of the Russian-speaking population in the Donbas, forced de-Russification and aggression against the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.
“In order not to be unfounded, we will cite some indicative facts. One of the first steps of the “Maidan” authorities was the abolition of the law on the special status of the Russian language. P.Poroshenko agreed that the second language, mandatory for study in schools and universities, “should be English, and certainly not Russian.” And this is despite the fact that even according to official statistics, about 30 percent of the population of Ukraine called Russian their native language. In reality, the number of Russian speakers in the country, of course, is much higher.
“[Volodimir].Zelensky, speaking at the Munich Security Conference [January 2022], threatened to reconsider Ukraine’s renunciation of nuclear weapons. However, this did not cause any reaction from the leaders of the EU countries. Europeans, so concerned about their own security, simply ignored his words, probably not taking Zelensky seriously. And in vain!
“These threats are by no means an empty phrase or a spontaneous statement by a politician drugged with impunity. According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, Ukraine has retained the technical potential to create nuclear weapons and these capabilities are much higher than those of Iran or North Korea.
“Moreover, according to the intelligence received by the SVR, work in this direction in Ukraine was carried out. Not only we, but also the Americans knew about it. At the same time, they not only did not interfere with the implementation of these plans, but were also ready, as they say, to lend a shoulder to the Ukrainians, obviously hoping that Ukrainian missiles with nuclear warheads would turn not to the west, but to the east.
“Washington and its allies have stepped up preparations for Ukraine’s admission to NATO, inventing semi-legal bypass routes for Kiev designed to shorten the traditional path to membership in the alliance. Under the guise of training centres, including in the eastern Ukrainian regions, advanced Western military bases were de facto created on the territory of our neighbouring state. With the support of Great Britain, preparations were underway for the launch of two naval bases on the coasts of the Black and Azov Seas. Work was carried out to modernise the air navigation equipment of Ukrainian military airfields, which in the future would allow them to receive the entire range of military transport aviation of the alliance.
“Surprisingly, in this situation, we still hear from Western journalists and politicians the question of why Russia has always categorically opposed Ukraine’s accession to NATO. First, do not forget why the alliance was created. According to the first Secretary General of the alliance, the British Lord Ismay, his goal was to “ensure in Europe the subordinate position of the Germans, the presence of the Americans and the squeesing out of the Russians” (“to keep the Germans under, the Americans in, the Russians out”). It could not be more modern, especially since in the draft of the new NATO Strategic Concept, which is planned to be adopted in June of this year, Russia appears as the main threat to the security of the alliance.
“The neutral status of Ukraine is of critical importance for Russia. This is the minimum territorial barrier necessary for our country to repel attacks from the West. This is well understood by American and NATO experts, and that is why they have taken up Ukraine so closely in a situation where Russia has challenged the weakening American hegemony.
“For the eight years that have passed since the operation to forcibly change the government in Ukraine, we have received in Kiev a regime that is completely non-negotiable, absolutely hostile to Moscow regime. It sees its mission as serving as a springboard for an offensive against Russia. The split between the Russophobic western part of Ukraine and the south-east of the country, which has close historical, spiritual, economic and human ties with Russia, has reached a critical point. Any attempts by the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics to establish a normal dialogue with the “Maidan” Kiev leadership were unsuccessful. In fact, Kiev simply “canceled” them, as now the West is trying to “cancel” our country.
“It became clear that there were no prospects for the DPR and LPR as part of such a Ukraine, and they appealed to Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin with a request to recognise their independence, which happened a few days later. Before the people living in the republics, the hope for a return to normal life finally shone. Unfortunately, this did not stop the arrogant “Maidan protesters” and their American instigators – provocations and military activity on the part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine only intensified.
“This could not last longer, so the leadership of our country decided to launch a special military operation. The Russians have been harnessing for a long time, it’s true. But they go fast, they hurt and they do not abandon their own. We were simply left with no other choice. The only way to ensure our own security is through these demilitarisation and denazification of the Ukrainian state.
“At the same time, today it is already clearly visible, including from the intelligence information coming to us, that the US administration and the Ukrainian regime, which is obedient to it, are betting on the maximum prolongation of the conflict, its escalation into a positional war of a high degree of intensity. From Western countries, groups of armed militants are sent to Ukraine, tasked with organising and supporting the so-called partisan underground. Weapons are being distributed en masse. Anyone familiar with military affairs understands that it is useless in confrontation with the regular army, but it is perfect for looters and thugs who rob and terrorise the civilian population, preventing its evacuation to safe areas.
“Washington very much hopes that we will get bogged down in this operation and die, and they will be able to calmly engage in the “cleansing” of the Middle East, Eurasia and the Asia-Pacific region. This will not happen: “the old has passed, now everything is new.” As for the future of Ukraine, it, of course, will be determined by the Ukrainians themselves. But it will be a completely different Ukraine and a different story.
“Now the war has come to the very borders of our Motherland. So for us, it is definitely not “cold”, but quite “hot”.
“At the moment, right before our eyes, a fundamentally new stage of European and world history is unfolding. Its essence is the collapse of the unipolar world and the system of international relations based on the right of the strongest, that is, the United States, to destroy other states in order to prevent the slightest possibility of their transformation into alternative centres of power. These goals were pursued in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria. This is what the West’s efforts to draw Ukraine into the orbit of its influence and turn it into a Russophobic puppet state were aimed at. Russia today is posing an open challenge to this system – creating a truly multipolar world that has never existed before and from which everyone will benefit in the future. Please note: the vast majority of Asian, African and even Latin American countries have not joined the Western “blockade” – the eastern and southern directions of development are still open to us.
“And Russia itself is a strong state with nuclear weapons, huge reserves of energy and natural resources, developed human potential, true faith and spiritual mission. Russia “does not fit in your hat”, gentlemen as spiritually poor. It cannot be isolated.
“We also add that the current conflict in Ukraine is a good reason to conduct a thorough revision of international legal regimes and obligations, to develop fundamentally new modalities of relations with the West and with the whole world. The war in the post-Soviet space, if anyone has not noticed, has not stopped for thirty years, and now Russia has a real chance to put an end to it.”
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