Jeffrey Sachs condemns America’s irresponsibility for Ukraine war

(MENAFN) Jeffrey Sachs, President of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network and a prominent expert on post-Soviet economies, has pointedly criticized the United States for its perceived role in exacerbating the Ukraine conflict. Speaking in an interview with Going Underground host Afshin Rattansi, Sachs argued that the conflict, which he described as catastrophic and long-brewing, could have been averted had the United States and its Western allies abandoned what he termed as escalatory policies, particularly NATO expansion.

Sachs attributed what he termed as the "utter failure" of United States diplomacy in the Ukraine crisis to an overarching sense of arrogance among G7 countries, particularly the United States, who he accused of believing they could act with impunity on the global stage. He asserted that this approach has not only contributed to the Ukraine conflict but has also fueled other major geopolitical crises globally, including conflicts in Gaza and tensions between the United States and China over Taiwan.

According to Sachs, the heart of the issue lies in what he perceives as United States irresponsibility, particularly in failing to prevent the escalation of tensions surrounding Ukraine. He contended that NATO's expansion into Eastern Europe, coupled with Western support for the Ukrainian government following the Maidan coup in Kiev, constituted provocations that set the stage for the current conflict. Sachs also criticized Western narratives labeling the Russian military intervention in Ukraine as unprovoked, highlighting what he views as prior provocations such as NATO's enlargement and the failure to implement the Minsk agreements aimed at resolving tensions in the Donbass region.

In Sachs' view, these factors underscore a pattern of United States foreign policy that he believes has not only failed to prevent conflict but has actively contributed to escalating global tensions. His remarks challenge prevailing Western narratives on the Ukraine crisis, emphasizing the need for a reassessment of international diplomatic strategies and a greater commitment to conflict prevention and resolution.



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