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US, NATO, EU lecture Russia with ‘provocative statements’ on Ukraine

Posted by seumasach on February 28, 2014

RT

28th February, 2014

Moscow has urged NATO to refrain from provocative statements on Ukraine and respect its non-bloc status after a chorus of Western politicians said Russia should be “transparent” about its military drills and avoid any steps that could be “misunderstood.”

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Russian minister says next $2 billion for Ukraine ‘ready to go’

Posted by seumasach on February 24, 2014

This is the  big topic for Western journos: What will the Russians do? Here is the answer: they are taking the piss!

Baltimore Sun

24th February, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russian economic development minister Alexei Ulyukaev said on Monday the next $2 billion bailout installment for Ukraine is “ready to go” and he was waiting for word on who the Ukrainian partner will be.

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Ukraine desperately seeks foreign aid

Posted by seumasach on February 24, 2014

The Maidan gunmen will be watering at the mouth at the prospect of $35 billion dollars but of course nothing will be forthcoming. For once the ratings agencies have got it right:

On Friday, ratings agency Standard & Poor downgraded Ukraine’s credit status to two levels above default. “We now believe it is likely Ukraine will default in the absence of significantly favorable changes in circumstances, which we do not anticipate,” said the agency.

 

TIME

24th February, 2014

Ukraine made an urgent call on Monday for $35 billion in foreign assistance over the next two years, following the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych on Saturday.

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Careful what you wish for in Ukraine

Posted by seumasach on February 24, 2014

“Russia most likely will adopt the same stance towards pro-European Union politicians that the Egyptian military and its Saudi backers took toward Egypt’s the Muslim Brotherhood: let the opposition take the blame for economic and social chaos, and then move in when the country is on its knees.”

It will now become obvious that all the stuff about Ukraine joining EU was nothing but a rouse. It succeeded in drawing protesters onto streets with EU flags but even if they can sideline the militants and restore some kind of order they will not be able to bail out Ukraine given they can barely bailout Greece, Spain etc. Any stable government in Ukraine will turn to Russia for aid by default. I believe this intervention aimed at a civil war as the Western media never ceased to suggest. Yanukovitch’s ceding of power could then have been the masterstroke. The hapless Ashton now heads to Ukraine in a state of blind panic.

Spengler

Asia Times

24th February, 2014

Western governments are jubilant over the fall of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, a Russian ally. They may be underestimating Vladimir Putin: Russia has the option to hasten Ukraine’s slide into chaos and wait until the hapless European Union acquiesces to – if not begs for – Russian intervention.

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Shadow of a NATO-Nazi gunman

Posted by seumasach on February 23, 2014

Cailean Bochanan

23rd February, 2014

William Hague has decreed by twitter (for it is thus that the destiny of nations is settled) that he  and his opposite number Steinmeier have agreed to support “a new government” in Ukraine. Which new government would that be?: not the one Steinmeier signed an agreement with on Friday but, implicitly,  the armed insurrectionists who now hold power in Kiev. We’re used to Anglo-American contempt for international law but the Germans are meant to be sticklers for the rules. They haven’t done anything like this since allowing Vladimir Lenin to return to Moscow through Germany with, allegedly, a wad of cash on his person. Supporting a NATO-Nazi coup d’etat shows the Germans not to be the politically correct old fuddy-duddies they appear to be. And it won’t just be politically incorrect, it will be politically disastrous. Who set this trap for Europe’s soon to be defunct leadership? Putin and Obama are looking relaxed about it: is this the latest fruit of their “reset” in a week that Obama also effected a regime change lite in Saudi Arabia with the removal of Assad’s arch-enemy Prince Bandar Bush.

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The Anglo-American axis: Losing Ukraine, losing Europe

Posted by seumasach on February 17, 2014

Umberto Pascali

Global Research

8th February, 2014

What is it that really “scared the hell” out of the Anglo-Americans?

Could Ukraine become an area of cooperation between Russia and Europe? Could European countries break free?

Concerning Ukraine, it now appears that the fury shown by the Anglo-Americans (that seems really too excessive and reckless even considering recent standards) is due not simply to the danger of losing Ukraine, but to the danger of losing Europe.

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Egypt’s army chief heads to Moscow

Posted by seumasach on February 13, 2014

,posing in a presidential look ahead of announcing his bid

Montreal Gazette

12th February, 2014

CAIRO – Egypt’s military chief headed to Russia Wednesday on his first trip abroad since ousting the country’s Islamist president, part of a shift to reduce reliance on the United States at a time of frictions between the longtime allies.

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Who will represent the opposition at Geneva 2?

Posted by seumasach on January 27, 2014

Thierry Meyssan

Voltairenet

27th January, 2013

The question of the Syrian opposition’s representation at the Geneva 2 Conference may seem incongruous now that the inaugural meeting in Montreux is already behind us. On the contrary, it remains the central issue. The National Coalition, who spoke before the cameras, has been abandoned by almost all its components and has lost its antennas in Syria. The sole purpose of its presence at the public session was to satisfy Saudi Arabia. It should now quickly give up its seat to other players.

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Ukraine implodes, options dwindle

Posted by seumasach on January 25, 2014

“The West sees ahead a crucial juncture in post-Cold War era for countering what it perceives as Moscow’s strategm to pit Eurasian integration against European integration. 
 
Moscow maintains that the two integration processes can co-habitate and can have overlapping geo-strategic space, but Europe rejects that notion, which it equates as acquiescence with Russian hegemony in Eurasia.” 

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

25th January, 2014

Ukraine is on the boil. The anti-government protests have become confrontational and have drawn blood in the past few days. President Viktor Yanukovich has been so far insisting that a change of leadership is possible only through the presidential election scheduled for March 2015, but that stance has come under growing pressure.

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An Obama legacy sails into view

Posted by seumasach on January 13, 2014

M.K.Bhadrakumar

13th January, 2014

The US president Barack Obama lost no time to greet the agreement reached yesterday between Iran and ‘P5+1′ opening the Iran nuclear program to “new and more frequent inspections”. Obama knows — and he knows we know — that, finally, slowly but surely, the historic legacy of this extraordinary statesman is taking shape in front of our eyes.

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Russia trumps US in Ukraine poker game

Posted by seumasach on December 18, 2013

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

18th December, 2013

Russia may have made its most significant foreign-policy gain in the entire post-cold war era when the Kremlin decisively moved in on Tuesday to offer a rescue package for the beleagured Ukrainian economy and may have taken a leap forward in leading that country into the Eurasian Union, which Moscow is planning as the umbrella organization bringing together the former Soviet republics.

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