@tony_hartin: #Svoboda posts map of Greater #Ukraine. Looks like the fascists have designs on Russia, Poland and Hungary ... t.co/wW…
25 de marzo de 2014, 11:42Kiev, Mar 25 (Prensa Latina) Today''s removal from office of Ukrainian Defense minister Igor Teniuj, member of the ultra-nationalist Svoboda Party, and the death of a neo-fascist ringleader are revealing cracks between the coup-imposed leaders and their allies. Meanwhile, the United States and Ukraine issued a joint statement today on their strategic alliance and the importance of bilateral ties regarding non-proliferation, in the context of the Third Nuclear Security Summit at the Hague.
There is so much to criticize in the Obama administration's response to Russia's intervention in the Ukraine, from the wishy-washy appeals to the "international community," to the ridiculous complaint that Vladimir Putin is playing by "19th century" rules. The decision to send Secretary of State John Kerry directly to Kiev, and right to Independence Square, was only a gesture, but a powerful one.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday condemned Russia's "act of aggression" in Ukraine and said Moscow, which has taken control of the Crimea region, was looking for a pretext to invade more of the country. "The United States reaffirms our commitment to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity according to international law. We condemn the Russian Federation's act of aggression," Kerry told a news conference during a visit to Kiev intended to show support for Ukraine's new leaders.
U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin's aggression in Ukraine is not a sign of Russian strength but rather a reflection of the deep concern Russia's neighbours have about Moscow's meddling. "President Putin seems to have a different set of lawyers making a different set of interpretations," Obama said.
"The United States reaffirms our commitment to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity according to international law. We condemn the Russian Federation's act of aggression," Kerry told a news conference during a visit to Kiev intended to show support for Ukraine's new leaders. "It is clear that Russia has been working hard to create a pretext for being able to invade further," he said.
An easing of tensions in Ukraine ignited a powerful Wall Street rally, reversing yesterday's losses. Tom Karsten, president of Karsten Advisors, says the market remains on edge as the situation unfolds.
Both the visit and the announcement highlighted Washington's determination to support the authorities in Kiev against Russia as the West grapples with the most serious crisis in the region since the Cold War. But the announcement of assistance signalled the US determination not to yield in the battle for influence in Ukraine. "The United States is prepared to work with its bilateral and multilateral partners to provide as much support as Ukraine needs to restore financial stability and return to economic growth, if the new government implements the necessary reforms."
President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday defended Russia's right to use "all means" to protect its citizens in Ukraine but denied he had already deployed troops there, as the West pressed Moscow in a Cold War-style standoff over the ex-Soviet state. The scale of the tensions was underlined on Tuesday when a Ukrainian officer said Russian forces surrounding an air base in Belbek near the Black Sea Fleet base in Sevastopol fired warning shots at Ukrainian servicemen trying to approach.
US President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Ukraine during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, March 3, 2014. This is just the first step in what promises to be a lengthy debate over federal spending and priorities as Republicans are expected to release their own plan in the coming weeks.
Obama spoke shortly after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry unveiled a pledge of $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees for the new anti-Russia leadership of Ukraine. Obama said Russia is violating international law by sending Russian soldiers into Ukraine's Crimea region. Kerry, speaking from Ukraine, called the Russian moves in Crimea an "invasion."
You would be forgiven for thinking this kickabout was taking place on a lunch break at some remote army barracks - not on the frontline of a region braced for war. But the Russian president showed no signs of loosening the stranglehold on the Crimean peninsula, openly defying the threat of diplomatic and economic sanctions from world leaders.
We can't know for sure what recommendations U.S. military chiefs are giving to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and President Barack Obama about the situation in Ukraine, but it's not hard to guess. This is the first lesson for the West in the Ukrainian situation and one it must accept. The situation in Ukraine is not so much about what Russia is willing to do as it is about what the West is willing to do.