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It’s not Russia that is destabilising Ukraine

April 8, 2014 by  
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source:theguardian

The profound and pervasive crisis in Ukraine is a matter of grave concern for Russia. We understand perfectly well the position of a country which became independent just over 20 years ago and still faces complex tasks in constructing a sovereign state. Among them is the search for a balance of interests among its various regions, the peoples of which have different historical and cultural roots, speak different languages and have different perspectives on their past and present, and their country’s future place in the world.

Given these circumstances, the role of external forces should have been to help Ukrainians protect the foundations of civil peace and sustainable development, which are still fragile. Russia has done more than any other country to support the independent Ukrainian state, including for many years subsidising its economy through low energy prices. Last November, at the outset of the current crisis, we supported Kiev’s wish for urgent consultations between Ukraine, Russia and the EU to discuss harmonising the integration process. Brussels flatly rejected it. This stand reflected the unproductive and dangerous line the EU and US have been taking for a long time. They have been trying to compel Ukraine to make a painful choice between east and west, further aggravating internal differences.

Ukraine’s realities notwithstanding, massive support was provided to political movements promoting western influence, and it was done in direct breach of the Ukrainian constitution. This is what happened in 2004, when President Viktor Yushchenko won an unconstitutional third round of elections introduced under EU pressure. This time round, power in Kiev was seized undemocratically, through violent street protests conducted with the direct participation of ministers and other officials from the US and EU countries.

Assertions that Russia has undermined efforts to strengthen partnerships on the European continent do not correspond to the facts. On the contrary, our country has steadily promoted a system of equal and indivisible security in the Euro-Atlantic area. We proposed signing a treaty to that effect, and advocated the creation of a common economic and human space from the Atlantic to the Pacific which would also be open to post-Soviet countries.

In the meantime, western states, despite their repeated assurances to the contrary, have carried out successive waves of Nato enlargement, moved the alliance’s military infrastructure eastward and begun to implement antimissile defence plans. The EU’s Eastern Partnership programme is designed to bind the so-called focus states tightly to itself, shutting down the possibility of co-operation with Russia. Attempts by those who staged the secession of Kosovo from Serbia and of Mayotte from the Comoros to question the free will of Crimeans cannot be viewed as anything but a flagrant display of double standards. No less troubling is the pretence of not noticing that the main danger for the future of Ukraine is the spread of chaos by extremists and neo-Nazis.

Russia is doing all it can to promote early stabilisation in Ukraine. We are firmly convinced that this can be achieved through, among other steps: real constitutional reform, which would ensure the legitimate rights of all Ukrainian regions and respond to demands from its south-eastern region to make Russian the state’s second official language; firm guarantees on Ukraine’s non-aligned status to be enshrined in its laws, thus ensuring its role as a connecting link in an indivisible European security architecture; and urgent measures to halt activity by illegal armed formations of the Right Sector and other ultra-nationalist groups.

We are not imposing anything on anyone, we just see that if it is not done, Ukraine will continue to spiral into crisis with unpredictable consequences. We stand ready to join international efforts aimed at achieving these goals. We support the appeal by foreign ministers of Germany, France and Poland to implement the 21 February agreement. Their proposal – to hold Russia-EU talks with the participation of Ukraine and other Eastern Partnership states about the consequences of EU association agreements – corresponds to our position.

The world of today is not a junior school where teachers assign punishments at will. Belligerent statements such as those heard at the Nato foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on 1 April do not match demands for a de-escalation. De-escalation should begin with rhetoric. It is time to stop the groundless whipping-up of tension, and to return to serious common work.

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Canada threatens to withdraw from G8 summit in Russia

March 2, 2014 by  
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Canada threatens to withdraw from G8 summit in Russia (via AFP)

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper threatened Saturday he may join Washington in snubbing June’s G8 summit in Russia over the country’s military incursion into Ukraine, and recalled his ambassador to Moscow. The Russian parliament’s decision to…

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Obama in ‘direct’ confrontation with Putin on Ukraine

March 2, 2014 by  
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Obama in ‘direct’ confrontation with Putin on Ukraine (via AFP)

President Barack Obama told President Vladimir Putin that Russia’s dispatch of troops to Ukraine flouted international law and warned he was courting political isolation if the incursion continues. Obama also spelled out the right of the Ukrainian people…

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Ukraine mobilises army as West warns Russia

March 2, 2014 by  
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Ukraine mobilises army as West warns Russia (via AFP)

Ukraine warned Sunday it was on the brink of disaster and called up all military reservists after Russia’s threat to invade its neighbour drew a sharp rebuke from the United States and NATO. The dramatic escalation in what threatens to blow up into…

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John McCain to Vladimir Putin: Don’t meddle in Ukraine

February 24, 2014 by  
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source: cbsnews

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has a message for Russian President Vladimir Putin: let Ukrainians choose their own future.

McCain appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation” in the wake of a tumultuous few days in Ukraine during which President Viktor Yanukovych fled to a more Russian-aligned city in the east and protestors assumed control of the capital and the Parliament.

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The country is deeply divided between regions that are aligned with Russia, and western parts of the country that rebelled against Yanukovych after he rejected a trade deal that would have brought Ukraine closer to the European Union. With the 2014 Sochi Olympics in Russia drawing to a close, Putin is expected to devote more attention to the crisis.

McCain, who traveled to the country last year to support the protestors, said that the message to Putin should be that a partition of the country “would not be acceptable.”

“The Ukrainian people will determine their own future. They want to be Western…they do not want to be Eastern,” he added, saying that if he were Putin, he would be “nervous” about the revolution that was underway in Ukraine, a former Soviet Republic and Russian ally.

The Arizona senator said the opposition politicians who have taken over are “overjoyed” but also concerned about the “sobering reality” of Ukraine’s economic situation, which is so dire that “the economy is on the verge of collapse,” McCain said. He added that they will need help immediately.

McCain was also highly critical of National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday morning that the notion she misled the American public in the wake of an attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi in September 2012 “is patently false and I think that that’s been amply demonstrated.”

After laughing for a minute at a clip of Rice’s words, McCain said he was “almost speechless.”

“The information was totally misleading, totally false and for Susan Rice to say such a thing, I think it’s a little embarrassing, to tell you the truth,” he said.

Communisms Death Toll, and the Jewish Role in Bolshevism

February 22, 2014 by  
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Were relentlessly told that we must never forget the Six Million victims of Hitler and the Nazis. But we hear far less about the vastly greater number of victims of Lenin and Stalin, and the grim legacy of Soviet Communism. Some 20 million people perished as victims of the Soviet regime, historians acknowledge. Jews played a decisive role in founding and promoting the egalitarian-universalist ideology of Marxism, in developing the Marxist political movement, and in brutally establishing Bolshevik rule in Russia. With the notable exception of Lenin, who was one-quarter Jewish, most of the leading Marxists who took control of Russia in 1917-20 were Jews, including Trotsky, Sverdlov, Zinoviev, Kamenev and Radek. The Bolshevik killing of Russias imperial family is symbolic of the tragic fate of Russia and, indeed, of the entire West.Were relentlessly told that we must never forget the Six Million victims of Hitler and the Nazis. But we hear far less about the vastly greater number of victims of Lenin and Stalin, and the grim legacy of Soviet Communism. Some 20 million people perished as victims of the Soviet regime, historians acknowledge. Jews played a decisive role in founding and promoting the egalitarian-universalist ideology of Marxism, in developing the Marxist political movement, and in brutally establishing Bolshevik rule in Russia. With the notable exception of Lenin, who was one-quarter Jewish, most of the leading Marxists who took control of Russia in 1917-20 were Jews, including Trotsky, Sverdlov, Zinoviev, Kamenev and Radek. The Bolshevik killing of Russias imperial family is symbolic of the tragic fate of Russia and, indeed, of the entire West.Were relentlessly told that we must never forget the Six Million victims of Hitler and the Nazis. But we hear far less about the vastly greater number of victims of Lenin and Stalin, and the grim legacy of Soviet Communism. Some 20 million people perished as victims of the Soviet regime, historians acknowledge. Jews played a decisive role in founding and promoting the egalitarian-universalist ideology of Marxism, in developing the Marxist political movement, and in brutally establishing Bolshevik rule in Russia. With the notable exception of Lenin, who was one-quarter Jewish, most of the leading Marxists who took control of Russia in 1917-20 were Jews, including Trotsky, Sverdlov, Zinoviev, Kamenev and Radek. The Bolshevik killing of Russias imperial family is symbolic of the tragic fate of Russia and, indeed, of the entire West.Were relentlessly told that we must never forget the Six Million victims of Hitler and the Nazis. But we hear far less about the vastly greater number of victims of Lenin and Stalin, and the grim legacy of Soviet Communism. Some 20 million people perished as victims of the Soviet regime, historians acknowledge. Jews played a decisive role in founding and promoting the egalitarian-universalist ideology of Marxism, in developing the Marxist political movement, and in brutally establishing Bolshevik rule in Russia. With the notable exception of Lenin, who was one-quarter Jewish, most of the leading Marxists who took control of Russia in 1917-20 were Jews, including Trotsky, Sverdlov, Zinoviev, Kamenev and Radek. The Bolshevik killing of Russias imperial family is symbolic of the tragic fate of Russia and, indeed, of the entire West….

US Treasury urges Ukraine to seek IMF help

February 20, 2014 by  
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US Treasury urges Ukraine to seek IMF help (via AFP)

At the heart of the crisis shaking Ukraine are deep economic problems and the country should seek help from the International Monetary Fund, US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Wednesday. In December, Russia promised a $15 billion bailout loan to Ukraine…

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Kerry in Abu Dhabi for Syria talks

February 17, 2014 by  
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Kerry in Abu Dhabi for Syria talks (via AFP)

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Abu Dhabi late Monday for talks on Syria and the Middle East hours after criticising Russia for “enabling” the Assad regime. Arriving from Jakarta on the sixth day of his latest diplomatic tour, Kerry began…

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Rebels slam opposition; UN team returns to Syria

September 25, 2013 by  
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BEIRUT (AP) — Several Syrian rebel groups, including a powerful al-Qaida-linked faction, said Wednesday they reject the authority of the Western-backed opposition coalition, as U.N. inspectors returned to the country to continue their probe into chemical weapons attacks.

In a joint statement, 13 rebel groups led by the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front slammed the Turkey-based Syrian National Coalition, saying it no longer represents their interests.

The statement reflects the lack of unity between the political opposition, based in exile, and the disparate rebel groups fighting President Bashar Assad’s regime. Syria’s civil war has killed over 100,000 people so far.

The statement also called on all those trying to topple Assad’s government to unite under a “clear Islamic framework” — an apparent reference to the al-Qaida faction’s aspirations to create an Islamic state in Syria.

It said the rebels do “not recognize” any future government formed outside Syria, insisting that forces fighting on the ground should be represented by “those who suffered and took part in the sacrifices.”

Meanwhile, a team of U.N. chemical weapons arrived in Damascus on Wednesday to continue investigating what officials from the world organization have described as “pending credible allegations” of the use of chemical weapons in Syria’s civil war.

The visit of the six-member team, led by Swedish expert Ake Sellstrom, follows a report by the inspectors after their previous trip in September, which said nerve agent sarin was used in an Aug. 21, attack near the capital, Damascus.

The U.S. and its allies say Assad’s regime was behind the attack, and Washington said it killed 1,400 people. Syrian activist groups gave significantly lower death tolls, but still in the hundreds.

Damascus blames the rebels for the attack, and Russia, a close ally of Assad, said the U.N. report did not provide enough evidence to blame the Syrian government. It has also demanded that U.N. inspectors probe other attacks that allegedly included chemical agents.

The United States and Russia brokered an agreement for Syria to give up its chemical weapons but U.N. diplomats say they are at odds on details of a Security Council resolution spelling out how it should be done and the possible consequences if Syria doesn’t comply.

In a speech at the U.N. on Tuesday, President Barack Obama challenged the Security Council to hold Syria accountable if it fails to live up to its pledges.

“If we cannot agree even on this,” Obama said, “then it will show that the United Nations is incapable of enforcing the most basic of international laws.”

A statement by the U.N. on Tuesday said the inspectors will use their new visit to gather evidence from the alleged chemical weapons attack on March 19 on the village of Khan al Assal outside the city of Aleppo, which was captured by the rebels in July.

Wednesday’s rebel announcement, carried by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, came almost two weeks after the SNC, the main Western-backed opposition coalition, in Turkey elected Ahmad Saleh Touma as the opposition’s interim prime minister.

Syrian rebels have been deeply divided and clashes between rival groups over the past months left hundreds of people dead, mostly in northern and eastern Syria. Al-Qaida gunmen have been on the offensive against members of the more mainstream Free Syrian Army, though some of the groups that signed on to Wednesday’s statement also belong to the FSA umbrella.

Syria’s conflict has taken on increasingly sectarian tones in the past year, pitting predominantly Sunni Muslim rebels against members of Assad’s minority Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.

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Is US Military Dominance Nearing an End? Russia Sends Three More Warships to Syria

September 15, 2013 by  
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source:downtrend.com
By James Daniels

 

As the Obama Administration presses for another war in the Middle East, Russia has thrown a few more wrenches into the picture.

Russia Today reports that the Russian Navy intends to expand its Mediterranean fleet to up to 10 vessels. Particularly, it will beef up its fleet near Syrian shores.

As noted in the report, Russia currently has seven vessels in the region. Now, three more are on the way, with the first set to arrive on September 15 or 16.

This appears to be the largest threat the US Military has faced in decades.  Since at least the end of the Cold War, it has been virtually unchallenged by other major nations. In both wars in Iraq and various other attacks against much weaker opponents, major powers such as China (which has at least one ship in the region now) and Russia have, at most, voiced diplomatic opposition.

However, it appears Russia is now, at the very least, ready to play a game of chicken with the United States. It is clearly sending a message the US will not have an easy time toppling the Assad regime, which everyone outside of Obama’s immediate circle knows is the ultimate agenda.

The fact that Russia is willing to take it this far for the first time since the Cold War suggests that US Military dominance is in greater question than it has been in decades. Obviously, the Kremlin believes its military has enough juice to at least cause the US to reconsider an attack on its ally. And now, thanks to Obama’s ill-advised effort to pick on another weak nation, if Russia is successful in getting the US to back off, it could be seen as a blow to US Military superiority.

Be sure to thank President Obama for getting America into this mess. While no American wants to see the US lose face to its once most-hated enemy or World War III break out, can anyone blame Moscow for taking a stand to protect its ally (and own interests) from an out-of-control US Government?

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