US president commits ‘enormous crime’ fueling conflict in Ukraine, Roger Waters tells CNN
US President Joe Biden is fueling the Ukrainian conflict, which is a “huge crimesaid Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters in an interview published Saturday.
Waters sat down with CNN’s Michael Smerconish to discuss, in particular, the political views the rock legend hasn’t been shy about flaunting on his new “This Is Not A Drill” concert tour, which features a montage of alleged “war criminals.” The slideshow includes a photo of Joe Biden with a caption “WAR CRIMINAL. just started.”
“[Joe Biden] stoking the fire in Ukraine to begin with. It is a huge crime. Why does the United States of America not encourage [Ukrainian President Vladimir] Zelensky to negotiate, obviating the necessity of this horrible, horrible war, which kills [people]?” He asked.
Waters also pushed back against Smerconish, who argued that Ukraine was “invadedby Russia, noting that the whole crisis must be analyzed in historical context.
“You have to look at history… This war is basically about the action and reaction of NATO pushing right to the Russian border, which they promised not to do.he added, recalling Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s talks with the West on the withdrawal of Moscow’s forces from Eastern Europe.
Waters said the conflict over Ukraine began as early as 2008, an apparent reference to the NATO summit in Bucharest during which Ukraine and Georgia’s intentions to eventually become full members of the alliance were supported.
The interview also saw the UK frontman of Pink Floyd and Smerconish engage in a heated exchange about America’s role in World War II. Waters insisted that the United States cannot be called “liberators“, adding that Washington only entered the war because of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in late 1941. The CNN reporter, however, said that the United States would have entered the war anyway .
Staying on the topic of World War II, the musician argued that the Soviet Union “had already almost won the bloody waras the United States entered, adding that “23 million Russians died protecting you and me from the Nazi threat.”
Smerconish responded by saying “you would think that the Russians would have learned the lesson of the war and not have invaded Ukraine – just?”
Waters pushed back, asking “what would the United States do if the Chinese launched nuclear missiles at Mexico and Canada.”
“The Chinese are too busy encircling Taiwan as we speak,retorted Smerconish, to which Rogers reminded his interviewer of the one China principle, accusing the reporter of believing “the propaganda of your site.”
Previously, Waters had condemned the Russian operation, calling it “a criminal error in my opinion, the act of a gangsterand called for an immediate ceasefire.
Late last year, Russia offered NATO and the United States to agree security guarantees under which the bloc would refrain from further expansion, with the potential addition of Ukraine being a particularly controversial point. At the time, Moscow also insisted on the non-deployment of offensive weapons, including nuclear ones, and demanded that NATO forces withdraw to the positions they held in 1997.
In March, following the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said previously offered security guarantees were no longer valid, citing drastic changes in the geopolitical landscape.
Russia sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, citing kyiv’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, intended to give the Donetsk and Luhansk regions special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that kyiv’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to save time andcreate powerful armed forces.”
In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbas republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked.