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Former German chancellor Schmidt criticizes West’s Russia policy

Posted by seumasach on March 27, 2014

New Europe

27th March, 2014

Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt has criticized the West for its Russia policy of imposing sanctions and stopping cooperation in the G8 amid the Ukraine crisis, according to media reports on Wednesday.

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US fails to recognise Turchynov

Posted by seumasach on February 24, 2014

So does the U.S. consider Yanukovych deposed and recognize chairman of the Ukrainian parliament Oleksandr Turchynov as the interim president?

“Well, we believe he is the lawfully elected speaker of parliament. The — Mr. Yanukovych had left Kiev and packed up his belongings and left, and his whereabouts are not known. So, he’s certainly not actively leading the country at present.

White House Admits They Can’t Find Yanukovych, Not Ready to Stop Calling Him President


24th February, 2014

White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters today that the U.S. government still doesn’t know where deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is.

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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.



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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Spanish report on Ukraine

Posted by seumasach on February 24, 2014

This Spanish report will dismay the forces behind the coup in Ukraine. The worst thing that can happen to “opposition” of this type is taking power. especially on the back of armed insurrection. Here we learn that the Maidan gunmen want “new faces” who won’t as they see it betray Ukraine. They are not happy with the appointment of Turchinov and don’t want Tymoshenko. Turchinov himself is delirious calling on Ukraine to “renew the path of European integration”. This is a non-starter: can you imagine the EU taking in one of the world’s most backward economies of 45 million people. All the Europeans ever offered and ever will offer is a free trade deal backed by IMF loans whose conditions will destroy any government that accepts them. We are seeing an illegal government, brought to power through foreign intervention, held hostages to armed madmen following a purely imaginary political agenda. And all this in Europe with the approval of the EU. Surreal, astonishing!

Ucrania reemprende el camino de acercamiento a la Unión Europea

El Pais

24th February, 2014

Las autoridades de hecho de Ucrania, es decir, los partidos que hasta el sábado por la mañana constituían la oposición, legislaban ayer y se preparaban para formar un nuevo Gobierno sin tener aún la situación bajo firme control. El presidente en funciones, Alexándr Turchínov, aseguró que el país volverá a retomar el camino de la integración europea y pidió a Moscú respeto para esta decisión. El ambiente es inestable, con muchas incógnitas. Europa, Rusia y EE UU han advertido contra el peligro de una secesión.

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European leaders call for Ukraine sanctions

Posted by seumasach on February 19, 2014

For all their talk of an independent Europe, the European leadership still have the look of satraps of empire. If European construction is to succeed these imbeciles are going to have to be called to account. Are they going for another big own goal, to destroy Ukraine and create another poisonous failed state like Kosovo?


119th February, 2014

Violence in Ukraine on Tuesday marked a deadly escalation in tensions between opponents and the government of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. The two sides have been at loggerheads since the end of November, but the eruption on Tuesday night was by far the worst thus far. Weeks of fruitless negotiations over the clearing of occupied buildings and the release of arrested protesters gave way to bloody clashes between demonstrators and Yanukovych’s “Berkut” security forces.

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Ukrainian President: Opposition crossed line with call to arms

Posted by seumasach on February 19, 2014

This kind of mob violence recalls Britain’s own turbulent and violent political past. In 1780 mobs  marched on parliament and rioted for a week leaving massive death and destruction in their wake. Like this violence in Ukraine it was clearly orchestrated from above, in that case with a view to intimidating the Whigs’ great enemy, George 3rd, who they wished to replace with the Prince of Wales who had been groomed to rule on their behalf. Only a fool would see this mob rule as some kind of democratic process. Western support for attempted coup d’etats in other people’s countries makes a complete mockery of the ideas of sovereignty and democracy everywhere and leading mob cheerleaders will be completely discredited.


19th February, 2014

KIEV, February 19 (RIA Novosti) – Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said Wednesday that opposition activists had crossed the line by calling for supporters to take up arms at mass protests intended to oust him from power.

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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.” 


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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