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Duma deputy warns of ‘McCain paranoia’ Friday, 29 August, 2008

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Press TV – Duma deputy warns of ‘McCain paranoia’.

By Afshin Rattansi, Press TV, Tehran

The following is an exclusive Press TV interview with Russian Duma Deputy Sergei Markov on Russia’s recognition of the breakaway Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states:

Q: I noticed across the wires that the United States says Russia’s recognition is unacceptable.

A: I think now the United States’ administration work not for the United Stats’ interests but for the interest of Republican presidential candidate John McCain and Dick Cheney, who without any real cause started the war in Iraq and is ready to start a war with Iran. They want to create an impression of the cold war with Russia. From our point of view South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which have never in their entire history been a part of independent Georgia, have more right to independence than Kosovo. The United States imposed independence of Kosovo on Serbia. It was not a matter of vote.

Q: One of John McCain’s advisors is a lobbyist for Georgia, but Senator Obama is not. It seems that both US presidential candidates are criticizing Russia.

A: Yes. They are criticizing Russia because they are afraid that Russia, as a military country, can create some kind of a milieu of problems for the West while solving its own problems through military means. That is Senator Obama’s reason for criticizing Russia. But McCain criticized because he is a crazy militant and wants war. It is “McCain paranoia”.

Q: But what is Moscow’s next move? Will it go to the Security Council to seek UN representation for Abkhazia and South Ossetia?

A: Yes at the Security Council, it is a possibility to work out a decision, and I think the Security Council option will not work but then the United States will try to create another military action, we don’t know where, we suppose either against the Islamic Republic of Iran or civil war in Ukraine.

Q: I will go back to Iran in a minute. But President Medvedev did reach an agreement with President Nicolas Sarkozy and yet the French where quick to say that Russia was breaking its word. Do you think it also strains relations between Moscow and Paris?

b>A: I think that the interests of the European Union and Russia are equal because we want to have decent security. But the United States’ current administration is against better relations with the EU. I think a small crisis is possible.
Q: You said the United States could very well bomb Iran. Do think it is the end of glasnost began by Mikhail Gorbochev?

A: We have no glasnost. We have systemeical transitional of a country from totalitarian soviet system to the modern system. And our main schedule is the modernization of the country and we will continue to do it and we will try to do it. Not for Washington not for Paris, Brussels and Belgium but for the Russians, and we will do it.

Q: Mr. Markov, just on that point about Iran, you said the United States might attack Iran. Do you think an attack on Iran would be in the next few months?

A: Yes. I think any attack against Iran would happen before the presidential elections. Washington has two goals for wanting to bomb Iran. One is to crush nuclear capacity and second to stop Barrack Obama election and allow neocons to control Washington.



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