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Illarionov Says Month After US Elections ‘Most Favorable’ Time For Moscow To Destabilize Ukraine – OpEd

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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 (112.ua/obshchestvo/illarionov-noyabr-predstavlyaet-nailuchshuyu-situaciyu-dlya-destabilizacii-v-ukraine-so-storony-rf-350593.html).

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” are well-known.”

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


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Paul Goble

Paul Goble

Paul Goble is a longtime specialist on ethnic and religious questions in Eurasia. Most recently, he was director of research and publications at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy. Earlier, he served as vice dean for the social sciences and humanities at Audentes University in Tallinn and a senior research associate at the EuroCollege of the University of Tartu in Estonia. He has served in various capacities in the U.S. State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the International Broadcasting Bureau as well as at the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Mr. Goble maintains the Window on Eurasia blog and can be contacted directly at [email protected] .

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