Month after US elections ‘most favorable’ time for Moscow to destabilize Ukraine, Illarionov says

Russian "Grad" (Hail) multiple-launch rocket systems firing at Ukrainian positions (Image: mediarnbo.org)

Russian "Grad" (Hail) multiple-launch rocket systems firing at Ukrainian positions (Image: mediarnbo.org) 

2016/11/06 • Analysis & Opinion, Military analysis, War in the Donbas

Andrey Illarionov, Russian economist and former economic policy advisor to the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin. Currently, a senior fellow in the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC (Image: Voice of America)

Andrey Illarionov (Image: Voice of America)

Because the United States will be distracted by its elections and their aftermath, Andrey Illarionov says, the next 30 days represent “the best situation for destabilizing” Ukraine from Moscow’s point of view. Indeed, Vladimir Putin is likely to take a variety of challenging steps there and elsewhere during that period.

Speaking on 112 Ukraina television, the Russian analyst says he has no inside information about this but does believe that Moscow is going to exploit the lack of attention American leaders are likely to be paying to the rest of the world as a result of the US elections.

And he points out that it has “already been practically declared that on November 8 will be renewed the attack on Aleppo.” That is no accident because that is election day in the United States. “What measures and methods could be applied to Ukraine is impossible to say. But the entire arsenal of both conventional and hybrid means” is well-known.”

Therefore, in the coming days, Illarionov says, “one must not exclude anything.”


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  • zorbatheturk

    Shoot Pootin.

  • Alex George

    I agree that if you are going to irritate the USA, the time between an election and the new President taking office is the best time to do it.

    But that’s not the only consideration. Putin may prove me wrong in this, but I would have thought that now is not a good time to lauinch a major attack. A month ago, sure. Or in January when the ground hardens.