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Russia-Europe ties must get back on track

Posted by seumasach on September 13, 2014

“Europeans, however, insist that they helped to broker the deal between Yanukovych and the opposition and cannot be held responsible for his sudden resignation and disappearance from the country.”

This is a very interesting line in apologetics from the Europeans, the first indication that they were caught out by  the Yanukovitch gambit which left them with the embarrassment of supporting a government stuffed full of neo-nazis.

Moscow Times

9th September, 2014

Russia’s relations with Europe have been badly strained over the Ukraine crisis. The two sides have fundamentally different perceptions of the situation, are suspicious of the other side’s intentions, and have already gone through a series of sanctions against each other’s economies.

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EU-Ukraine trade pact postponed

Posted by seumasach on September 12, 2014

EU-Ukraine trade pact postponed after talks between Moscow, Kiev & Brussels

RT

12th September, 2014

Moscow scored a major diplomatic coup after Kiev agreed to postpone the enforcement of its Association Agreement with EU until the end of next year, following three-way talks between Russia, Ukraine and European Union officials in Brussels.

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EU seeks compromise with Russia over Ukraine free-trade pact

Posted by seumasach on September 11, 2014

This looks suspiciously like a move towards the trilateral agreement over Ukraine whose rejection by the EU led to the current crisis

Reuters

11th September, 2014

BRUSSELS, Sept 11 (Reuters) – The EU will offer Russia more time to adjust to a European trade pact with Ukraine, diplomats say, moving to ease bilateral tensions over an accord at the centre of the crisis in Ukraine as a ceasefire there takes hold.

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France ready to work with Russia on Ukraine, Middle East

Posted by seumasach on September 11, 2014

RIAN

11th September, 2014

MOSCOW, September 11 (RIA Novosti) – France is interested in stabilizing the situation in Ukraineand the Middle East and stands ready to work together with Russia to this end, Thierry Mariani, a member of the French National Assembly and a member of the French delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, said Thursday.

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EU dithers over Russia sanctions

Posted by seumasach on September 11, 2014

The Europeans are now in complete disarray and making complete fools of themselves over whether to “punish” Russia for instigating a peace process

Euroactive

11th September, 2014

EU envoys are to meet again today on when to implement new sanctions against Russia over its military involvement in Ukraine. Some members want more time to asses the viability of the truce.

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Refugees returning from Russia

Posted by seumasach on September 10, 2014

Russia Beyond The Headlines

9th September, 2014

RBTH presents a selection of views from leading Russian media on the latest developments in Ukraine, including analysis of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s visit to Mariupol and reaction to the ceasefire in Kiev, as well as news of the return of a number of refugees from Russia’s Rostov Region and the beginning of rebuilding in Donetsk and Lugansk

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Churkin: Dutch report inadequate

Posted by seumasach on September 10, 2014

Russia’s UN Envoy Churkin: Dutch Report on MH17 Crash Investigation Inadequate

RIAN

10th September, 2014

MOSCOW, September 10 (RIA Novosti) – A report on the investigation of a Malaysian Boeing crash in eastern Ukraine could hardly be considered international and independent as a preliminary probe has been conducted by Dutch experts under agreement with Ukraine and its findings are too vague, Russia’s Ambassador to UN Vitaly Churkin said Wednesday.

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Dutch report on flight MH17 contradicts US claims

Posted by seumasach on September 10, 2014

Dutch Safety Board (DSB) Report: Malaysian MH17 was Brought Down by “A Large Number of High Energy Objects”, Contradicts US Claims that it Was Shot Down by a “Russian Missile”

Michael Chossudovsky and Julie Levesque

Global Research

9th September, 2014

According to the Dutch Safety Board (DSB) Report:

“Flight MH17 with a Boeing 777-200 operated by Malaysia Airlines broke up in the air probably as the result of structural damage caused by a large number of high-energy objects that penetrated the aircraft from outside.”  (emphasis added)

While the report does not identify the nature of the “high energy objects”, the assessment suggests that the plane was perforated by “a large number” of unspecified projectiles or “bullets”.

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Ceasefire

Posted by seumasach on September 10, 2014

Alexander Mercouris

The Vineyard of the Saker

6th September, 2014

 

The ceasefire agreement is the subject of intense discussion and has clearly left some people unhappy.  I will make a few quick observations here before returning more fully to this subject later when I am under less time pressure than I am at present:

1. The ceasefire has been forced on Poroshenko and the junta as a result of (1) the disastrous military situation the junta now finds itself in and (2) the refusal of the NATO/EU powers to intervene militarily on his behalf to redress the balance.  The last was again clearly reiterated by Obama at the NATO summit yesterday when he publicly refused even to supply the junta with weapons (NB: we should not take that seriously – weapons have already been supplied on a significant scale but clearly even the outward appearance of involvement through token public weapons transfers is being ruled out).  Incidentally Obama’s talk about the importance of Article 5 of the NATO Charter was intended to underline this point.  Obama brought up Article 5 not to  “reassure the Baltic States” – which are not being threatened and do not therefore need this reassurance- but to underline to Kiev the point that as the Ukraine is not part of NATO it is not entitled to military help from NATO.

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EU’s new sanctions against Russia delayed

Posted by seumasach on September 9, 2014

 

Apparently, it doesn’t occur to the Europeans that their own actions have an influence on the course of the ceasefire. By continuing to target Russia they may embolden Right Sector deadenders.

The News

9th September, 2014

The EU’s ambassadors agreed on the new restrictions last Friday in Newport, Wales, and the sanctions were due to be approved on Monday so that they would come into force on Tuesday. However, the representatives of some countries argued that the enforcement should be pushed back in the light of the ceasefire announced in eastern Ukraine. 

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Ukraine National Guard want regime change

Posted by seumasach on September 7, 2014

Ukrainian troops encircled outside Ilovaisk want to change Kiev government

ITAR/TASS

7th September, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 07,/ITAR-TASS/. Fighters of Ukrainian volunteer battalions that were encircled outside the city of Ilovaisk in late August are accusing the Kiev government of not supporting them and threaten to change the regime, Foreign Policy magazine said in an article published on its website on Saturday. The magazine correspondent met some of the fighters.

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