Anti-Russian warhawk as US top diplomat - Nothing good for Donbass

President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that Rex Tillerson has been dismissed from the post of the US Secretary of State and Mike Pompeo, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), has been appointed to this position. So, what does this appointment mean for the war in Donbass, Ukraine and the people's republics?

Neoconservative Mike Pompeo belongs to the group of hawkish administration officials who run the US geopolitical agenda behind Trump's presidency. Because of his long lasting anti-Russian and at the same time pro-Ukrainian stance, from the viewpoint of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, basically nothing good is expected in urgent need to bring peace and stability back to the Donbass region, and at the same time, to the whole European continent. 

Today in the Global Research researcher Stephen Lendman gives a dark picture of what is expected from the appointment of Mike Pompeo as "US top diplomat". 

"Pompeo is a neocon hawk, fully supporting Washington’s imperial agenda, its permanent war on humanity – beliefs incompatible with diplomacy. Appointing him chief Trump administration diplomat is a giant step in the wrong direction. He’s militantly anti-Russia, anti-Iran, anti-North Korea, anti-other sovereign independent governments, anti-world peace and stability," Lendman writes.

When Pompeo worked as a CIA director, his statements were absolute distortions of well known realities, ment to fuel western propaganda and, at the same time, contradicting basically all documented geopolitical facts. When Pompeo was a CIA director nominee, he took a firm stance against Russia during the confirmation hearing, and listed Russia as US top threat.

"Russia has reasserted itself aggressively, invading and occupying Ukraine, threatening Europe and doing nothing to aid in the defeat of ISIS,'' Pompeo said.  

What's notable aboutPompeo's appointment as CIA director, Trump's appointment has been widely condemned, and even by the Human Right Watch.

“Pompeo’s responses to questions about torture and mass surveillance are dangerously ambiguous about whether he would endorse abusive practices and seek to subvert existing legal protections,” said Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno in January 2017, US program co-director at Human Rights Watch. 

The West imediately applauds Trump's neocon-hawkish appointment

The Atlantic Council, one of the leading geopolitical think-tanks of the West, has published immediately after Pompeo's appointment a collection of snap commentaries by a wide range of western political planners, in which expected new anti-Russian and pro-Ukrainian policies were promoted. 

"Pompeo has a sober view of Russia and has consistently spoken out against Russian aggression. He also seems to have the president’s ear and trust in a way that Tillerson did not. It’s likely that he will advocate for a strong policy to deter Russia. This is good news for Ukraine," said Alina Polyakova, a fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Ariel Cohen, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, said that "Pompeo’s views on Russia are actually tougher than Tillerson’s, and he is more aware of the intelligence/covert action threats coming from Russia. Cyber, social media outrages, “soft power,” and outright aggression, like the poisoning in the UK, were all on his plate at the CIA. While Tillerson paid lip service to criticism of Russia, I expect Pompeo to be much tougher on the Kremlin than his predecessor."

"Pompeo’s outlook on many issues is also similar to Tillerson’s. They have both, for instance, urged stronger support for Ukraine in fighting against Moscow’s war of aggression and, more broadly, in pushing back against the Kremlin’s provocative policies. So this change in personnel does not herald policy changes," said John Herbst, director of the Eurasia Center and former US ambassador to Ukraine.

Senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, Adrian Karatnycky said that "Pompeo has a strong working relationship with Ukraine’s national security team. Unlike some at the State Department, he understands that the job in Ukraine is maintaining stability and preparedness in the face of Russian aggression and potential destabilization. He is familiar with and has a good rapport with President Petro Poroshenko, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, and SBU Director Hrytsak."

The director of Margaret Thatcher Center Freedom, Nile Gardiner, has maybe been so far the most enthusiastic globalist from the appointment of Mike Pompeo as US State Secretary. His article was published in the Heritage.org.

"The announcement of Mike Pompeo as the next secretary of state, subject to Senate confirmation, sends a firm signal that the Trump presidency is committed to ensuring robust U.S. leadership on the world stage", Gardiner writes.  "Pompeo is well positioned to drive U.S. foreign policy at a time when the world’s superpower faces an array of global challenges, ranging from the specter of a nuclear-armed Iran to the rising menace posed by Putin’s Russia.," he adds.

"Pompeo’s appointment comes at a time when Iran’s biggest strategic ally—Russia—is increasingly threatening U.S. allies in Europe, especially in the Baltic States and Eastern Europe. As secretary of state, Pompeo will play a key role in shaping America’s overall response to Moscow, which will include strengthening sanctions, bolstering of the U.S. military presence in Europe through the NATO alliance, and supporting Ukraine in its war against Russian forces", Gardiner writes.

Is Pompeo in charge of the western supported Ukrainian front in Donbass?

In the beginning of this month, Mike Pompeo made an observing mission in the Donbass frontline in the Ukrainian side and according to multiple sources, he also met secretly Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko in Kiev, where, as the DPR military intelligence says, several direct military orders were passed to Poroshenko.

"Several days ago, the Director of CIA (Mike Pompeo), accompanied by related intelligence units’ representatives, visited the town of Avdeyevka, located on the territory temporarily controlled by Ukraine. The above mentioned event was carried out under the guise of “acquaintance of the high-ranking US military with the Donbass operational situation”, told the DPR People's Militia vice-commander Eduard Basurin on March 6.

"During the meeting president Poroshenko received the following orders from the CIA Director: by March 10th 2018, they are to prepare several scenarios of provocations on the contact line between Ukraine and the DPR, aimed at accusing the Republican government of waging aggressive hostilities against Ukraine. For that purpose, for Ukrainian secret services, namely, for Special Operations Forces, special military uniform and insignias, applied by the DPR Armed Forces, were made," Basurin said.

Pompeo's direct personal involvement to the coup d'etat affairs in Ukraine backs at least to Spring 2014, when he made visit to Kiev. Mike Pompeo visited Ukraine and then stated that the aim of Russian President Vladimir Putin was to take control over Ukraine. He stressed:

"To the degree that we can demonstrate support for the Ukrainian government, we can change Putin's calculus and increase the risk to him and to Russia for moving combat forces closer to Kyiv." 

DONi News Agency

Director and chief editor, Janus Putkonen