NATO will establish command centers in six of its eastern countries in coming months in part of a beefed-up response to Russian "aggressiveness".
Sergei Khrushchev, the son of former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, who is in charge of research in a U.S university, argues that Crimea was never a part of Ukraine except for bureaucratic reasons. The land has actually been Russian for centuries and Washington is wrong to make it a major bone of contention with Moscow.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov revealed that CIA director John Brennan was in Ukraine last weekend. Brennan was in Kiev to seek and rescue 20 US Company Blackwater employed mercenaries.
The first official warning shot was fired before an all-out assault on the dollar system begins. Not by a Putin advisor that can be brushed off, but by Alexey Ulyukaev, Russia’s Minister of Economy and former Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank. A major escalation.
For America, the situation in Ukraine is a geopolitical game, another opportunity to hurt Russia’s interests. For Russia, it’s not a geopolitical game. It’s a matter of national identity, it’s an ethnic matter. Putin’s ratings are at two-year highs and will no longer have to cater to the needs of the pro-Western community. He is now supported not only by his usual conservative electorate, but also by the communists and nationalists who like his decisive actions and his disregard for America’s objections. From the economic point of view, everyone should get ready for tough actions from Moscow if Washington steps out of line, not the other way around.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych spoke out against the coup d’état and made a case that USA is breaking its own laws by giving money to Nazi bandits who illegally took the government by force.
As divisions deepen between the eastern and western regions of Ukraine, the backers of the putsch regime in Kiev portray Russia as a reckless aggressor to absolve their own responsibility for engineering the crisis. Yet that is far from the truth: US and EU condone what is effectively a coup d’état with no constitutional validity.
The Estonian Foreign Ministry has confirmed the recording of his conversation with EU foreign policy chief, Baroness Catherine Ashton, is authentic. Urmas Paet said that snipers who shot at protesters and police in Kiev were hired by Maidan leaders. President Viktor Yanukovych is innocent and the accusation of United States and western mainstream media propaganda is a lie.
Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke to “ally and friend” Vladimir Putin to discuss the Ukraine crisis and bilateral ties.
Members of parliament in Crimea on Thursday voted to secede from Ukraine and become part of Russia.
A day after US President Barack Obama threatened Russia with sanctions, a Russian official has warned that any possible sanctions by Washington against Moscow would “crash” the US financial system and end its global financial domination.
President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Russian troops sent last week to a snap military exercise in western and central Russia to return to their bases according to a Defense Ministry report.
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