In Digest, Russia

Sputnik News, March 12, 2015

Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched a criminal case against Robert Scales, a retired U.S. major general and a Fox News military analyst, who said in a live broadcast that the only way for the U.S. to turn the tide in Ukraine is to “start killing Russians”.

U.S. Major General Robert Scales on FOX News, March 10, 2015

U.S. Major General Robert Scales on FOX News, March 10, 2015

The criminal case is launched under an article on “Public calls for unleashing an aggressive war through the mass media”, according to a statement on the official website of the committee.

The investigators believe that such statements “break not only the norms of the Russian legislation but Article 20 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1966, which prohibits any war propaganda and any instigation of discrimination, enmity or violence.”

Military Analyst Maj. Gen. Robert Scales had been invited to the Lou Dobbs Tonight program on Tuesday [March 10] to comment mostly on the fight between Iraqi forces and the Islamic State near the city of Tikrit. The host later wanted more insight into U.S. involvement in the world and asked the retired major general to comment on the recent U.S. announcement that it would send 3,000 troops to Eastern Europe; asking him what effect this would have.

The answer was the following: “I think to no effect, Lou. It is Game, Set and Match in Ukraine. The only way the U.S. can have any effect in this region and turn the tide is to start killing Russians. Killing so many Russians that even Putin’s media can’t hide the fact that Russians are returning to the Motherland in body bags. But given the amount of support we’ve given to the Ukrainians and given the ability of Ukrainians themselves to counterattack against 12,000 Russians camped in their country – sadly, that’s not likely to happen.”

Related stories:
‘Start killing Russians’: Outrageous outburst by Fox News military analyst, Sputnik News, March 11, 2015

Excerpt of FOX News story, with outburst by Robert Scales, March 10, 2015 (four minutes)

U.S. general shrugs off critics of his ‘kill Russians’ incitement,, March 15, 2015


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