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George W. Bush Tells 'Zelensky' His Job is to Destroy as Many Russian Troops as He Can, Purported Prank Video Shows
Bush also seems to confirm US vow that NATO would not move eastward
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George W. Bush had a very long week.
First he makes a gaffe at a speech in Dallas by mixing up Ukraine and Iraq when talking about an illegal invasion, and then a purported prank video emerges showing the former president yakking it up with a person he believes to be Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky about the Ukraine War and some recent history in the region.
In one preview clip, Bush could be seen telling “Zelensky” that his job is to “destroy as many Russian troops as you can.”
A spokesman for Bush did not immediately respond to an email from The Trends Journal. Newsweek also said it reached out to Bush’s office and did not hear back. We will update this file with any response.
Bush appears to be relaxed in the video and is dressed in a sport coat and polo shirt. He gets peppered with questions from the voice he apparently believes belongs to the Ukrainian president. It was instead Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov, two Russian pranksters who have in the past denied working for the Kremlin, reports said.
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Bush said he never wanted Russia to join NATO, but did want Ukraine to join the alliance during his presidency.
"I wanted Ukraine into NATO," Bush, said, according to the purported video. He said he wanted Russia on the fringe of the alliance. “I thought for a while Russia would be more cooperative. And then [Russian President Vladimir] Putin changed dramatically.”
Bush also said that it was his belief that Putin would prefer to sit on the fringe to make sure that the alliance was acting in a defensive manner and not going on the offensive.
Bush also appeared to confirm reports that then-Secretary of State James Baker, who served under his father, George H.W. Bush, promised Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev that NATO would not expand eastward following the deal made during the 1990 negotiations between the West and the Soviet Union over German unification.
“Zelensky” could be heard bringing up the topic and tries to play it down as the Russian “narrative.” “Zelensky” brushes off the claim and said it would be completely incorrect given the threat Russia poses on the world.
“Yeah that’s right, that’s right,” Bush said, according to the video. “Listen, times change. Baker, you know, was the Secretary of State for my dad, which was years ago. And so, The United states must be flexible, adjusting to the times.”
TRENDPOST: Agree or disagree with Vladimir Putin’s statements, in the Western media there is just one side to the Ukraine War: Russia aggression.
Totally ignored, as we have greatly detailed over the decades, is the United States and NATO actions that were, to Russia, moves of aggression.
Long forgotten was the U.S. and NATO’S pledge not to expand into Eastern Europe following the deal made during the 1990 negotiations between the West and the Soviet Union over German unification.
Therefore, in the view of Russia, it is taking self-defense actions to protect itself from NATO’s eastward march.
As detailed in The Los Angeles Times back in May of 2016, while the U.S. and NATO deny that no such agreement was struck, “...hundreds of memos, meeting minutes and transcripts from U.S. archives indicate otherwise.”
The article states:
“According to transcripts of meetings in Moscow on Feb. 9, then-Secretary of State James Baker suggested that in exchange for cooperation with Germany, the U.S. could make ‘iron-clad guarantees’ that NATO would not expand ‘one inch eastward.’ Less than a week later, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev agreed to begin reunification talks.
“No formal deal was struck, but from all the evidence, the quid pro quo was clear: Gorbachev acceded to Germany’s western alignment and the U.S. would limit NATO’s expansion.”
TRENDPOST: In 1997, when President Bill Clinton was expanding NATO’s borders eastward, fifty American foreign policy leaders sent him a letter saying that it would be “a policy error of historic proportions.
We believe that NATO expansion will decrease allied security and unsettle European stability,” and “NATO expansion, which continues to be opposed across the entire political spectrum, will strengthen the nondemocratic opposition, undercut those who favor reform and cooperation with the West, bring the Russians to question the entire post-Cold War settlement.”