Deputy Chairman of the Duma Defense
Committee Franz Klintsevich:
In this interview with Izvestia, he
discusses the need for a Russian arms
buildup to counter American plans
to get at Russia's 'soft underbelly.'
Deputy Chair of Duma Defense Committee: 'America Needs War in
New Russia' (Izvestia, Russia)
will not give Ukraine money for its economy, agriculture or social needs. It
will only give money for war - because today it needs a war. NATO needs Novorossiya[New Russia] as a springboard to reach
Russia's 'soft underbelly. … Everything connected with Novorossiya is very important
to America. … It is needed as a staging area for high precision weapons capable
of bringing Russia to her knees. They don't say this aloud, in fact they deny
it, but that is why today there is a clearing of the local population – they don’t
want them there."
-- Deputy Chairman of the Duma Defense Committee Franz Klintsevich
[Editor's Note: Mr. Klintsevich
which means "New Russia." This refers to The Union of People's
Republics, which is a confederation of the Donetsk People's Republic and Lugansk People's Republic. While unrecognized, it claims
the territory of Donetsk Oblast and Luhansk Oblast in
east Ukraine, which share a border with Russia. It was declared May 22, 2014].
Franz Klintsevich, deputy chairman
of the Duma Defense Committee, is certain that our
country is ready to repel any attack on the part of Ukraine, the West and NATO.
However, the mass "cleansing" of the pro-independence population in
southeast Ukraine gives us reason to forecast that in the future, weapons will
appear that pose a serious threat to Russia.
IZVESTIA: Franz Alamovich,
the Ukrainian authorities and its supporters are busy circulating information
about upcoming military reforms in the country. Much has been said about the
transformation of the Ukrainian military to the "Swiss" model. In
Switzerland, almost the entire male population is responsible for territorial
defense. Each man has a uniform, equipment and weapon at hand in the home. In
case of a military emergency, reservists meet at pre-determined points where
artillery and armored personal carriers are distributed before they go off to
battle. How realistic a prospect is this in Ukraine?
CHAIRMAN KLINTSEVICH: From a point of view of common sense and
efficiency, the Swiss model isn't bad. It works not only in Switzerland, but in
Israel and some areas of the United States. In some places weapons are kept at
home, in others in specially designated areas. But one must understand that
weapons and ammunition require proper storage, for example a safe or cabinet. In
this case, everything needs to be registered and checked by commanders.
Ukraine won't be able to implement this, as it lacks both the money and the
time. Moreover, given the mentality of people in Ukraine [the fact that there
is a civil war and they are killing one another], we shouldn't forget that
simply put - this would be dangerous, as the safe would be located near the
reserve forces, and the whole point of the system would be lost.
IZVESTIA: Why is Ukraine trying so boost its combat
CHAIRMAN KLINTSEVICH: According to the Ukrainian leadership,
they are preparing to resist Russian aggression. They're not in on the biggest
secret of all: Russia will not, has no plan, and is not preparing to carry out
military aggression against Ukraine. But we must also put out a warning that if
there were a threat to the citizens or territories of the Russian Federation,
we would issue a serious blow in response.
IZVESTIA: Is that the only possible reason?
CHAIRMAN KLINTSEVICH: The West will not give Ukraine money for
its economy, agriculture or social needs. It will only give money for war - because
today it needs a war. NATO needs Novorossiya[New Russia] as a springboard to reach
Russia's "soft underbelly." Under the doctrine of network-centric
warfare, a massive attack with precision weapons would nullify all the
advantages of our nuclear capability. Of course, the Americans don't have an anti-ballistic
missile system like we do. Even so, there are other weapons that could be used
just as effectively.
IZVESTIA: How big a threat does this pose to
CHAIRMAN KLINTSEVICH: It is a serious threat to Russia. In
addition, new bases are being built in the Baltic States and Poland where
Soviet airfields were located. Amateurs skeptically say that only 600 people [U.S.
soldiers] have been stationed there. But one cannot ignore the fact that these
are people that make possible the delivery of modern aircraft, are skilled in
modern techniques, and know how to operate airfields.
But it's nothing to worry about. We are capable of ensuring
the security of our country. I want to say that I am absolutely certain that
there will not be a nuclear standoff – we have achieved parity.
IZVESTIA: We still haven’t come to a resolution
of the conflict in southeast Ukraine
CHAIRMAN KLINTSEVICH: The war in the southeast isn't over. The
West is trying to pin the blame on us, saying that we can "put pressure"
the militiamen. But ask yourself if anyone can "pressure" a man who
has spent months defending his home and his elderly mother and father. Exactly
a week after he lays down his weapon, he is taken away, his parents are killed -
that's cleansing for you. Everyone who lives in Novorossiya understands that.
Nobody can "pressure" them.
Today they [the West] have one goal - to draw Russia into
the Ukraine conflict. This way they could continue their policies and we would
be injured or dead.
IZVESTIA: How do you judge the development of
events in Novorossiya?
CHAIRMAN KLINTSEVICH: Everything connected with Novorossiya is very
important to America. Novorossiya is needed as a staging area for high
precision weapons capable of bringing Russia to her knees. They don't say this
aloud, in fact they deny it, but that is why today there is a clearing of the
local population – they don’t want them there.
Posted By Worldmeets.US
Everything corresponds to NATO's plans - the destabilization
of conditions and the economy - and the huge number of refugees on Russian
territory will soon reach between 7-10 million, which will lead to domestic
tensions. In Ukraine there is another problem: the number killed there is not 3,463,
which is the official number, but over 31,000. Many of the dead were left
abandoned – in Ukraine they say they fled. This problem has yet to be felt - it
will manifest over time through relatives and friends. People still believe
that their relatives will return and that they just cannot phone them.
IZVESTIA: You've spoken about the clearing of
the population in Novorossiya – what purpose does it serve?
CHAIRMAN KLINTSEVICH: There is is another
reason for the clearing out of the population in southeast Ukraine: there are significant
deposits of shale gas in Lugansk and Donetsk - ten
times the size of our reserves in Siberia. An environmentally safe process for
removing it hasn't been developed. To develop the process, a small number of
people and troops will be brought in from the West. These obstacles are being
created precisely so no one will be there when these operations begin.
This territory is being cleared so it can act as a platform for
extracting shale gas and to create a buffer zone. Hitler once said, "We
spit on the Soviet Union, our main goal is Donbass."
And by the way, back then nobody knew anything about shale gas.