Skip to comments.Obama talks Ukraine sovereignty, Putin touts Russian security
Posted on 03/01/2014 3:55:08 PM PST by Jim Robinson
Simferopol, Ukraine (CNN) -- Russia's Parliament signed off Saturday on President Vladimir Putin's request to send military forces into Ukraine, raising the stakes in a quickly escalating game of brinksmanship between the two countries.
Putin cited the "extraordinary situation in Ukraine" in his request, adding that the lives of Russian citizens and military personnel based in southern Crimea had been threatened, a claim Ukrainian officials have vehemently denied.
The move prompted world diplomats to call for a de-escalation of tensions that have put the two countries on a possible path to war and roiled relations between Russia and the United States.
In what appeared to be an illustration of the growing tensions between the two world powers, U.S. President Barack Obama and Putin spoke for 90 minutes -- with each expressing their concern over the mounting crisis, according to separate statements released by their respective governments.
Obama expressed "his deep concern over Russia's clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity," according to a statement released by the White House. "...President Obama made clear that Russia's continued violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity would negatively impact Russia's standing in the international community."
According to the Kremlin, Putin said Russia reserves the right to defend its interests and the Russian-speaking people who live there.
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There's a good chance the Ukraine will blow up in Putin'd face.
The “lyin’ king”: “Mr. Putin, I really, really mean it.”
Mr. Putin: “Comrade Obama. Have you ever met sand? If not, please go and pound some. Get back to me when you finish. That’s a good boy. Run along”. Click. Bzzzzzzzzzzz
Putin is now offering Russian passports to all Ukrainians who want them. Only requirement is that they speak Russian.
Ukraine is starting to split apart.
The Bandera Nazis will get Lviv.
Odessa wants to be independent of both Ukraine and Russia and want nothing to do with the Bandera Nazis and want them to leave.
Kherson, Nikolaev want to remain Ukraine and not be part of Russia, but also want nothing to do with the Bandera Nazis.
Crimea, Donetsk, Lugansk, and Kharkiv will leave Ukraine with Putins help and affiliate in some form with Russia. This is where there is the biggest chance of war between Russia and the Bandera Nazis.
Who knows what will happen to Kiev.
The Ukraine stupidly gave up the third largest nuclear arsenal in the world in 1994 for a treaty with the US and England getting protection!
Damn fools never trust a DemORAT !
Putin is playing chess. So is Obama. The problem is that they’re both playing for the same side.
The Ukraine crisis has been manufactured to enable the splitting up of the country - probably by a pact between its president and the opposition leader, with guidance from Moscow and Washington.
Pray for the people of the Ukraine, they’ve been betrayed.
How in the hell did this guy get to be president of the most powerful nation in the world? I still have to pinch myself from time to time.
Because the GOP put up sure losers in 2008 and 2012.
Elections have consequences. But primaries are even more consequential.
Yup. Prayers up. There’s enough betrayal for all.
“There’s a good chance the Ukraine will blow up in Putin’d face. “
Or vice-versa, where the boy Buckwheat gets us in a bad fix. Buckwheat has done his best to rid the military of combat warrior commanders and replace them with desk jockey, purse-carrying wimps. That’s not good for us.
The tension could boil over if the Russians attempt to move very far into eastern Ukraine. By the time they get to the Dneiper River and the industrial area around Kharkiv, they will be in an area that is about equally divided between Russians and Ukrainians. If they just occupy the Crimea and some border regions of eastern Ukraine, the situation will probably just turn into a de facto occupation and people will tend to forget about it. But it they go a bit too far into the country, this could get ugly.
And the Russkies now demand that the Ukrainians observe the Feb. 21 agreement, which was rejected by Maidan, and which the Russian rep in kiev refused to sign.
Russia’s trump card would be to set up a pro-Moscow Ukrainian state in the east and south. It could be immediately inducted into the Customs Union Of Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan.
As a judo player, Putin understands the best thing that could happen is to turn Ukraine against itself without Russia having to even fire a single shot.
And he can humiliate the Maidan and the West and be even more popular in Russia. The man plays for keeps even if he doesn’t know how it will turn out.