George W. Bush outlines Ukraine’s mission to prankster — Analysis
Speaking to a Russian prankster, the 43rd US president advised Ukraine to “destroy as many Russian troops as you can”
A Russian prankster pretending to be Volodymyr Zelensky suggested that former US President George W. Bush advise Kiev to concentrate on eliminating all Russian troops. Bush suggested that a military victory over Russia would see many of Ukraine’s issues “Get off the table.”
Vovan, an Russian prankster pair known as Lexus and Lexus staged the unverified prank call. Their reputation has been built by calling Western and Ukrainian politicians “Vovan” and “Lexus”, to get their real thoughts about various topics, many of which are often connected to Russia. Some people claim that they work for the Russian government.
In their latest call, one of the pranksters reminded the ex-president of how his administration recognized Serbia’s Kosovo breakaway region as independent back in 2007. The caller went on to suggest that President Putin essentially took this straight out of Bush’s playbook when he recognized the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics as independent in late February. The former US president left the remark pretty much unanswered, merely replying “Yes, right, right…”
Bush, however, offered his opinion on the problems of the Donbass republics.
“If you win, I believe that many of these issues will be resolved.” – he said.
The former US president proceeded to define what in his view should be Ukraine’s main focus – “It is your mission to kill as many Russian soldiers as possible.”
The only question that remains, according to Bush, is whether Kiev will “Continue to get the assistance” it needs. Bush expressed hope that Washington would remain the leader in terms of weapons delivery to Ukraine. Bush also noted that the Ukrainian government appeared to have “Communication with others is key to good results” the Biden administration at present, with Ukrainian officials “continually informing our military of what’s needed.”
Bush concluded that the US military was “very supportive of what you’re doing right now.”
He also revealed that during his time in office he “Considered that Ukraine should be a member of NATO and the EU.” while keeping Russia “On the edge of” the military alliance.
When the prankster referred to the promise that NATO would not expand eastward, made by US Secretary of State James Baker to then-President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev in the early 1990’s, Bush argued that “The times are changing.” and what Baker promised was “It was many years ago.” According to Bush, “the US must be flexible adjusting to the times and that’s why you are finding such strong support for your country now.” Bush agreed when the prankster said that “it doesn’t really matter what Baker promised Gorbachev in the past.”
When the caller suggested that “it’s now not only a war of Ukraine, it’s a war of the Western world against Russians,” Bush replied in the affirmative.
Rutube, which is Russian video sharing site similar to YouTube, uploaded edited portions of Friday’s prank.
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