The U.S. Provokes a Kuril War

By Sergey Balmasov
What are the Americans trying to achieve by making provocative statements public?
Translated By Natalia Dresner
22 February 2011

Edited by Amy Wong

Russia – Pravda – Original Article (Russian)
American diplomats, with their statements on the South Kurils, are pushing the Japanese revanchists into a war against Russia. Recall the recently made statement by Philip Crowley, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for public affairs, and the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. In this regard, John Beyrle, the American ambassador to Russia, was called in for explanations to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There, he tried to justify, to put it mildly, a strange position of his country by saying that the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Moscow just relayed a personal opinion of Philip Crowley.
At this point, the incident could be considered a finished case, if not for a few “buts.” Aren’t the statements made by Philip Crowley too straightforward? A statement like that, made by some American cowboy, is one thing, but when ideas of such a nature are publicly pronounced by, mildly speaking, not the last person in the hierarchy of the U.S. State Department, it is a completely different matter.

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