Malaysia Airlines MH 17 Downing Is No Accident, Says Former Advisor to Vladimir Putin, Andrey Illarionov.
A Shocking interview with former advisor to Vladimir Putin: “They were also considering an attack on an aircraft flying from Warsaw!”
SCNDAI July 24, 2014
The Malaysian Boeing flying from Amsterdam was shot down on orders from Moscow, and a Polish plane was also considered as the target of the attack - says Andrey Illarionov, Russian economist, who was the adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin from 2000-2005.
When news exploded in the media that a passenger plane was shot down over Eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin-says Illarionov- appeared satisfied that its orders were carried out.
This terrorist attack was planned [...] It [Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 17] was shot down on orders [from Moscow]. The reports that began to reach us on Thursday clearly indicate that the official circulating versions of the events are not true. The only version that is supported by facts is that a deliberate terrorist attack was carried out on orders from the highest authorities of the Russian government - states Andrey Illarionov, an analyst at the CATO Institute in Washington, DC, who is former advisor to Putin and close associate of Viktor Chernomyrdin, Russia’s former Prime Minister, in his interview with "Super Express".
The present circulating story is that the separatists allegedly shot the civilian aircraft by mistake thinking that it was a Ukrainian transport aircraft. However, the planes used by the Ukrainian military fly at an altitude of up to 7.7 thousand meters, and at speeds up to 540 km per hour. The Boeing that was shot down flew at an altitude of 10 thousand meters, at a speed of 850 kilometers per hour. Whoever was aiming at this plane had to know about this difference. You can not confuse [such explicit differences in flight characteristics, and radar signatures of these types of] aircraft - emphasizes Illiarionov.
The former adviser to Putin notes that BUK ground-to-air missile system, which shot down a Boeing, is a complex system requiring long and arduous training from those who operate it. The senior officers who command these systems have college educations. It tells us, therefore, that there were Russian soldiers who possessed such skills and training on the spot during the time the downing took place.
Illarionov also reminds us that BUK is not only a missile launcher, but also a sophisticated target acquisition and delivery system consisting of four autonomous units. The target is acquired with the help of the radar, and the missile that is fired is guided by yet another autonomous system.
Those who manned these systems had to know what type of aircraft they were acquiring and shooting at. Moreover, these particular weapon systems are deployed and used only with the knowledge and approval of Russia’s Military General Staff. The highest-level military and political decision makers knew what was going on, and they had to approve [its deployment and firing] - says Illarionov.
Illarionov continues by logically explaining why Putin and those around him benefited from the downing of the passenger plane.
According to the logic of escalation, this was the next step - to carry out a terrorist attack that would completely shock the West, and that would force its leaders to exert effective pressure on the President of Ukraine. The only act of terrorism, which would have adequate firepower to wake up Europe, was an attack on a civilianl aircraft - reasons former Vladimir Putin’s advisor.
According to Illarionov, from the very beginning, Moscow considered targeting aircraft flying out of two cities - Amsterdam and Warsaw.
The people working in the Russian General Staff have been telling me for a long time that their nuclear war plans designated Amsterdam and Warsaw as its first targets. While the Westerners cannot entirely understand this logic, Warsaw is not only the capital of the so-called most important “front-line state”, but also a state, that in the opinion of Russia, is one of the most hostile towards Russia - explains Illarionov. [See Meet the Real Jack Strong, for more details on these military concepts].
The Russian perception of the world is rooted in Russian Ruthenian Orthodoxy and its conservative perception of Amsterdam, [being an antithesis of this ideology], is viewed as the capital of European sin, debauchery and corruption. In Russia, they call it “Giyeyropa” [colloquially meaning “Fagland” or “Fags’ of Europe”]. For these reasons, Warsaw and Amsterdam have always been the main candidates for Russia’s large-scale operations- clarifies the expert.
Illarionov explains why it was the flight from Amsterdam, and not from Warsaw that was shot down.
First of all, there was no aircraft from Warsaw flying over the conflict zone. Second, the downing of a Polish aircraft over the area would create an immediate association with the Smolensk crash. Putin does not need this. Thirdly, the deaths of mostly Polish passengers would have not been sufficiently larger-than-life. In turn, the deaths of citizens of fat and lavish Western Europe, according to Putin designs, was to bring the psychological shock leading to consent and truce that would end the bloodshed in Ukraine. This, as we already mentioned it, was most palatable to the Kremlin.
While speaking with the "SE" journalist, Tomasz Walczak, the CATO analyst warns that Putin will stop at nothing, and that sanctions will leave the ruler of the Kremlin unimpressed.
He does not care about any [sanctions]. In the geopolitical war he had unleashed, this issue [sanctions] does not play any role. He [Putin] is only worried that Ukraine may fall from his sphere of influence. The measures and the consequences of keeping it under control do not matter to him. Economic sanctions are only money that one may have today, and they are gone tomorrow. Ukraine is a matter of eternity.
This article appeared in W Polityce: Szokujący wywiad b. doradcy Putina: "Rozpatrywano też atak na samolot z Warszawy!"
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The trip to Smolensk was expected to highlight Russia finally admitting culpability in the massacre, after long having blamed it on the Germans, an atrocity they had tried to conceal for over 70 years.
As for the reception committee, it had different ideas. Putin wasn’t looking forward to such an occasion. Into this poisonous reception brew was President Kaczynski’s well-known public criticism of Moscow and Putin, a habit that has ended the lives of others within Russia – and abroad. A few discouraging Russian requirements – that Kaczynski could not attend in any official capacity – did not halt the Poles. Kaczynski would go anyway on non-official, “personal” business. To Russians, such a distinction would be meaningless, not lessening the possible international excoriation of such an event. A problem ripe for a modern, Russian solution: a tragic, ‘natural’ accident.
Early morning on April 10, 2010, the Polish Governmental Airplane Tu-154M (“Polish Air Force One”) departed from Warsaw, Poland, to Smolensk, Russia, carrying on board the highest level delegation of the Republic of Poland for the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Katyn Massacre. The official delegation consisted of the President of Poland, First Lady, all members of the Central Command of the Polish Armed Forces, parliamentary, government and Church officials, and representatives of the families of the Katyn victims. Upon entering the airspace of the Military Airdrome “Severny” in Smolensk, Russia, the Polish pilot made one reconnaissance approach to landing. At the decision altitude, he chose not to land and issued a command to “go around.” Seconds later, the Polish Air Force One crashed. The entire Polish delegation of the highest level perished less than a mile from the Severny Airdrome in Smolensk, Russia. All 96 people on board were killed; there were no survivors ("Smolensk Crash").
While some Russian intellectuals and people in Central and Eastern Europe are alarmed by the Russian imperialistic ambitions of building “a new world order,” the West is utterly confused. In order to properly understand and evaluate the threat that Russia poses today, an unhindered analysis of the Russian behavior over the past decade is necessary. Unfortunately, due to the omnipresent policy of reset that forced Western media to abandon in-depth reporting on Russian hostility towards its neighbors, critical developments that took place in the regions bordering Russia over the past decade have not been reported at all or only favorably to Russia.
Among such key events is the political situation in Poland since 2007, with its central event - the crash of the Polish Air Force One in Smolensk, Russia, in April of 2010 that claimed the lives of the President of Poland, the entire Central Command of the Polish Armed Forces, and the patriotic leadership of the Polish society. Any analysis of the political context of this crash as well as any discussion of the problems with the investigation into this tragedy have been systematically suppressed by the Western media in order not to upset Russia. Consequently, the lack of knowledge about Russian behavior in connection with the Smolensk tragedy impairs judgment of the American public on current Russian behavior in Ukraine and elsewhere.
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