BRUSSELS — Ukraine’s interim prime minister has said he has invited the NATO Council to hold a meeting in Kiev over the recent developments in the political crisis in the country. “I invited the North Atlantic Council to visit Kiev and hold a meeting there,” Arseny Yatsenyuk said Thursday during a visit to Brussels, where he met with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and EU officials. “We believe that it will strengthen our cooperation,” Yatsenyuk said. He also reiterated Ukraine’s request for additional military aid from NATO “to strengthen the country’s defenses on the technical level.”
The current crisis is not about Crimea. It is about the rights of Russian-speakers throughout Ukraine whom the Kremlin wants to protect from violence and discrimination. Russia does not want a military intervention in Crimea and does not want to take Crimea from Ukraine. There is a political solution to this crisis. First, create a coalition government in Kiev composed of all parties, including those from the east and south of the country. The current government is dominated by anti-Russian extremists from western Ukraine. Will there be war in Ukraine? I am afraid so. After all, the extremists who seized power in Kiev want to see a bloodbath. Only fear for their own lives might stop them from inciting such a conflict. Russia is prepared to move its forces into southern and eastern Ukraine if repressive measures are used against the Russian-speaking population or if a military intervention occurs.
Two war-mongering women who represent the West’s foreign policy apparatus, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland and EU official and onetime British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament activist Catherine Ashton, have seen their secret agenda for Ukraine revealed as a result of leaked phone conversations!
IF HUMILIATION DICTATES US foreign policy, it can only respond with spite. Kerry’s Jew-ridden State Department has done just that, letting resentment dictate the framework for diplomacy by imposing visa restrictions on unidentified ‘Russian officials’ for supposedly ‘threatening the sovereignty of Ukraine.’ (It’s hard to bite with false teeth…so find some way to get back at those so-and-so’s.) It’s a you-spoiled-my-party retaliation against Putin for taking the spoils in the aftermath of Kerry’s coup d’etat in Kiev. …”It’s my party and I’ll throw a tantrum if I want to.”
Everyone says that they hate war, and most people really do, yet war has always been a part of human life. Nearly all societies throughout history have engaged in some form of warfare. And for as long as there has been war there have been good people trying to end it. Unfortunately, despite minor successes lasting peace has been a dream that has been impossible to realize. That dream has not died, however, and people continue the fight to end all war.
What has occurred in Ukraine was not a popular revolution, it was a carefully orchestrated coup d’état. The “demonstrators” with the metal barricades, bullet proof vest, army helmets, weapons, shield and masks were very well organized and trained. The whole affair was orchestrated by the West in an attempt to bring Ukraine into NATO and split Russia. Mr. David Shayler a former MI5 officer spoke to the Voice of Russia on the activities of the intelligence services and on what the forces behind the scenes are doing. He says President Putin is merely protecting his country and his people and is in a strong position.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he did not commit to freezing settlement construction during his meeting with US President Barack Obama and that he will reject any agreement with the Palestinians that does not meet Israel’s security needs. Israel Radio quoted Netanyahu on Friday, on his way back to Israel, telling Israeli journalists that he considered extending the negotiating period between the Israelis and Palestinians in US Secretary of State John Kerry’s framework agreement unlikely to make a difference for the Israeli coalition government, as most of its members reject the idea of establishing a Palestinian state.
And there is the reason there will never be peace. Israel demands recognition of their right to exist and have a state, while denying those exact same thing to everyone else.
A massive rally took place in Moscow on Friday to support the decision of authorities in Ukraine’s Crimea republic to secede and join Russia. Moscow police estimated the turnout at the sanctioned rally outside the Kremlin at 65,000.
Armed men thought to be Russians drove a truck into a Ukrainian missile-defense post in the Crimea region on Friday and took it over without a shot being fired, a Reuters reporter on the scene said. Initial reports said the truck had smashed through the gates of the base in the port city of Sevastopol and that it was being stormed, but the reporter could not see any signs of major damage to the gates and the base was quiet.
The “Russians storm base” was inflammatory propaganda to cover the fact that most of the Ukrainians had either left or joined the Crimeans, and the Russians simply walked into the all-but-abandoned base.
War of words continues. Washington played the sanctions card. Obama acted unilaterally. He did so by executive order. He targeted “individuals and entities responsible for activities undermining democratic processes or institutions in Ukraine.” It includes what he calls “military intervention in Crimea.” His action doesn’t preclude further steps. Expect more to follow.
According to a report in Kommersant-Ukraine, the finance ministry of Washington’s stooges in Kiev who are pretending to be a government has prepared an economic austerity plan that will cut Ukrainian pensions from $160 to $80 so that Western bankers who lent money to Ukraine can be repaid at the expense of Ukraine’s poor. It is Greece all over again.
It is the Unlimited Imperialists along the lines of Alexander, Rome, Napoleon and Hitler who are now in charge of conducting American foreign policy. The factual circumstances surrounding the outbreaks of both the First World War and the Second World War currently hover like twin Swords of Damocles over the heads of all humanity.
It is only the Russian presence which is described as an “invasion” by the Western media, while the American one is hardly mentioned. ”We have a moral duty to stick our nose in your business in your backyard a world away from our homeland. It’s for your own good”, wrote an ironic American blogger.
Without some adults in the room in the bowels of power in DC, this entire situation could careen out of control, and we may, unfortunately, be looking at a series of escalations which may well lead to war with Russia. Both Putin and Obama have put each other in a position where neither one can back down without “losing face”, and this is one of the most unfortunate aspects of this confrontation.
Vladimir Putin has mocked diplomatic efforts to end the Ukraine crisis as Russia threatened to disrupt European gas supplies by cutting off sales to Kiev over its unpaid debts. The Russian president said through his official spokesman that, despite deep disagreements with the West, he did not want a confrontation over Ukraine to spiral into a “new cold war”.
Ukraine is desperate for a financial bailout after its economy had suffered from months of protests and political conflict in the former Soviet state, and the West is eager to hand over the funds. But a lot of that cash could end up going to Ukraine’s chief antagonist: Russia. “That money could very well indirectly make it toward Russia, given the amount of economic and financial transactions between Kiev and Moscow,” said Stratfor Eurasia analyst Eugene Chausovsky. Ukraine has been in a recession since the middle of last year, and its economy has been hit by deflation. The Kiev government said last month that its budget deficit rose 21.2 percent in 2013 over the previous year.
On this issue alone, Russia has Kiev by a very sensitive part of the human anatomy!!
Russian news agencies says Moscow is considering a freeze of U.S. military inspections under arms control treaties in retaliation to Washington’s decision to halt military cooperation with Russia. Agencies on Saturday carried a statement by an unidentified Defense Ministry official saying that Moscow sees the U.S. move as a reason to suspend U.S. inspections in Russia in line with the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty and the 2011 Vienna agreement between Russia and NATO on confidence-building measures.
After the US sponsored a coup d’etat in Ukraine, can you blame the Russians for doing this?!? I sure as heck cannot.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at a press conference in Beijing on Saturday that at the moment the priority is to exercise calm and restraint and prevent further escalation of the situation in Ukraine.
Britain believes Crimea is in a different category to the rest of Ukraine and could be afforded special treatment if Vladimir Putin abandons his “KGB mentality”, according to Nick Clegg. In an interview with the Guardian, the deputy prime minister acknowledged that Russia had a “very pronounced imprint” on the peninsula, a sign of how Britain and the rest of the EU acknowledge that Moscow will play a central role in determining the constitutional future of Crimea. The Liberal Democrat leader called on Putin to embark on a “civilised discussion” with Kiev as he threw his weight behind the interim Ukrainian prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who said on Friday that the civilised world would not recognise a referendum on 16 March that is designed to return Crimea to Russia. The Black Sea peninsula has been part of Ukraine since Nikita Khrushchev gave it to Kiev in 1954, then a simple transfer within the Soviet Union.
Political representatives from India have weighed in on the crisis in Crimea, boldly taking the side of Russia, putting forward an even more explicit show of support than China offered earlier in the week.
According to a report in Kommersant-Ukraine, the finance ministry of Washington’s stooges in Kiev who are pretending to be a government has prepared an economic austerity plan that will cut Ukrainian pensions from $160 to $80 so that Western bankers who lent money to Ukraine can be repaid at the expense of Ukraine’s poor. http://www.kommersant.ua/doc/2424454 It is Greece all over again.
Before anything approaching stability and legitimacy has been obtained for the puppet government put in power by the Washington orchestrated coup against the legitimate, elected Ukraine government, the Western looters are already at work. Naive protesters who believed the propaganda that EU membership offered a better life are due to lose half of their pension by April. But this is only the beginning.
Now that Viktor Yanukovych has gone, and new elections are promised, we need to assess the political and popular forces that succeeded in overturning Ukraine’s political system. Who were the protesters and what were their goals? At the barricades in central Kiev there were Ukrainian and EU flags, as well as portraits of the poet Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861), considered as a spiritual father of Ukrainian identity, and of Stepan Bandera (1909-1959) who was, depending on your point of view, either a great patriot or a Nazi collaborator. And there were pictures of five Ukrainian activists, treated as martyrs after they were killed during the clashes in Grushevsky Street.
Where are the western regimes, headed by the United States, when their “favored” little bastard remains in violation of international law by committing atrocities against the Palestinians held captive under occupation, or when it openly violates sovereign territories on a routine basis with total impunity?
Where was the “international community”, meaning the Western regimes headed by the United States, when Saddam Hussein militarily invaded Iran in 1980 in clear violation of international law, resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths?
What happened in Panama, and later in Grenada; what about Guatemala and other Latin American countries where the United States might conceivably have some economic/political concerns? How were those events different from what is happening in Crimea?
Tuesday evening while speaking to Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich dropped information on the situation that is rarely heard in the mainstream media.
Uri Avnery argues that by distracting the Obama administration and world attention, the Ukraine crisis has given Netanyahu “months or years” during which he will build Jewish settlements at a frantic pace.