Freddie Sayers meets Yanis Varoufakis.

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Commentators on the war in Ukraine seem to have come to a consensus: public figures have a moral responsibility not to challenge anything other than the Russian narrative.

This rejection of balance in favour of propaganda poses a problem for political thinkers like Yanis Varoufakis, who has been accused of ‘Westsplaining’ and being a Putin apologist in the last week alone.

To give this controversial conversation a chance, Varoufakis joined Freddie Sayers for a wide-ranging discussion about Western pressure on Russia and finding a space for debate in what feels like a binary moment.

// Timecodes //

00:00 – 01:11 – Introduction
01:12 – 03:44 – Has Varoufakis been accused of being pro-Putin?
03:44 – 09:42 – Was a NATO expansion unwelcome?
09:42 – 17:03 – Varoufakis on current Russian sanctions
17:03 – 22:27 – Is a full-scale Russian defeat currently possible?
22:27 – 30:12 – Have liberal Western powers shown more
30:12 – 37:07 – Is Zelensky aiming to increase Western involvement in the war? Is that dangerous?
37:07 – 38:28 – A message from Varoufakis who worry about Western involvement
38:28 – 39:10 – Concluding thoughts

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