Skip to comments.US moves to isolate Russia from 'community of civilized nations'
Posted on 03/02/2014 5:26:16 PM PST by SkyPilot
The Obama administration on Sunday worked to isolate Russia on the world stage even as its president, Vladimir Putin, showed no signs of rolling back his military intervention in Ukraine.
President Obama spoke by phone with leaders from Great Britain, Germany and Poland, and he dispatched Secretary of State to Kiev on Tuesday for a show of solidarity with the new Ukrainian government.
After suspending preparations for an upcoming Group of 8 summit in Sochi, the administration began canceling lower-level diplomatic and economic meetings with Russian counterparts. And senior administration officials warned that Russia could be booted from the G8 altogether and that its economy would suffer because of Putins decision to occupy the Crimean peninsula following the ouster last week of Ukraines pro-Russia president, Viktor Yakunovych.
The strategy, described in a briefing senior administration officials on the condition of anonymity, was aimed at demonstrating to Putin that his intervention in Crimea would not go unpunished while also offering him an offramp if he chose to reverse course.
It is Russias choice to behave in this manner, one senior administration said, or whether it wants to return to the community of civilized nations.
Yet it was unclear Sunday if Putin cared or was even listening to the condemnation of Obama and U.S. allies. He sought and received authorization from the Russian parliament for military force just hours after Obama warned him to stay out of Ukraine, and administration officials acknowledged that Russia had reinforced its military position over the weekend.
The administration officials said more than 6,000 Russian troops in Ukraine and that its forces now had completely operational control of Crimea. The U.S. has seen evidence of unrest and ethnic skirmishes in eastern Ukraine, an official said...
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Not the comfy chair?!
Right now we are focused on political and economic and diplomatic options, a senior administration official said. We are looking to de-escalate this.
No kidding. TRANSLATION: we are peeing our pants over here.
Asked if the administration had any reason to believe Putin was responding to the pressure and the condemnation, a senior official replied with a implicit shot at former President George W. Bush: We in this administration have made it a practice not to look into Vladimir Putins soul, the official said.
Blame Bush?! And Kerry is saying that PUTIN is DESPERATE?
Besides Obammy and Kerry would prefer to work on supporting gay pride around the world.
Yes; that’s much more important than actually maintaining the peace against aggressors.
if looks could kill,,,,barry could simply email his photo....to all offensive parties
Well, it’s not as if they won’t have any buddies. There are more uncivilized nations every day.
Hey KC, remember me saying Fallout isn’t gonna be just a videogame? Between this idiot and the GOP pushing it, we are gonna feel the power of Atom and be divided real soon now.
These Obastard acolytes are pathetic...
they destroy everything they come in to contact with.
Who is going to isolate our out-of-control tyrant from the ‘community of civilized nations’?
Best outcome of this situation is that articles of impeachment are drawn up against the imposter for his blatant massive unprecedented incompetence as (hard to type it) commander in chief.
981 days until this fool is out of office
Can we say Wag the Dog???
No worries. This is all lesser evil. CuZ if it were seriez I’m sure the GOP would be reining him in...any day now...real soon....
They’ll hold his feet to the fire bu God! McCain and Lindsay will be right on it!
I’m thinking since that didn’t happen when they were slaughtering folks by the millions in the old USSR it’s probably not going to happen because they hurt Obama’s feelings.
Ahh yes, Poland, the country you refused to give those missile defense sites to.
- “I can be ‘more flexible’ after the election - tell Putin .” - Barack Hussein Obama Junior - early 2012
if looks could kill,,,,barry could simply email his photo....to all offensive parties
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He has practiced this ‘hard’ ‘do you know who you are messing with’ look for weeks.
Also doubles as his “Wutchu talkin’ bout Willis” look.
If this SOB wasn’t fixing to get us NUKED, big time, it would be quite hilarious.
RACIST!!! You hate Barry cuz hes a black people! You cant state facts in public!!!!
I believe that wasn’t the only country who got sc*****.I believe Obama abandoned the entire Missile program in the region. Didn’t Obama also take some troops out of Germany?
“And in other news, one of the coldest winters on record has Russia considering withholding for its own use supplies of natural gas normally bound for Europe through its pipeline network. Such a move could be seen as isolating the continent from needed energy.”
The Russians are just heartbroken, I’m sure.
Is America still technically regarded a civilized nation? Especially as the country is devolving into a corrupt, one-party banana-republic, and whose prime foreign policy agenda is promoting homosex?
Hey Berry, want a trip to the space station?
How well did that work 80 years ago when Japan invaded China ?
"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose!"
--Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
--Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás (George Santayana)
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
--Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NIV)
The whole rainbow in your face thing is because the demonicrats fear Ted Cruz, he will take away the hispanic advantage, and the demonicrats think they will need to replace them with a larger share of the LGBT vote.
I know that is what I was thinking about when I was out patrolling the Mojave.
ROFL. Boone. Mr tons of fun.
981 days left and we could be all the back to the Stalin era. With in one month Russia will be a super power again. I feel we are right about 1963 now. 17.5 trillion in short term debt and losing everywhere Putin can have what ever he wants. 981 days you won’t recognize the world. But we will have health care. EU could always right some more rules or threaten Putin with an army of men wielding baguettes. 981 days maybe Cuba could rise from the dead.
Ever wonder why Tenpenny looks sorta like Soros? Ever feel like you live in Megaton?
These and other questions will soon be answered by Vlad Putin. But it’s a lesser evil...
How’s that RESET button working for you, bunkie?
Somebody on here comment:
This morning when surfing news channels I caught a discussion(sorry, forgot which channel) with a well known college professor commenting about the Ukraine mess. He said that in 2010 Ukraine had a monitored(by the US and many other western countries)national election that elected their president as well as the legislature. The elections were declared fair and legal. Now comes 2014 and the riots start, resulting in the overthrow of the president and their 1300 legislators are thrown out of office.
A council then appointed a new president as well as new legislators. Not elected, but appointed. Now comes Putin in the Crimea and so far only the Crimea protecting their interests in the naval and other military facilities in there.
So who supports the legal and proper government of Ukraine? Putin or Obammy? Obammy seems to me to support the illegal self appointed government! Rebels, revolutionists.
Is Obammy, OKerry, the MSM and all the rest of the world on the wrong side?
Obama tells Putin if you like Ukraine you can keep Ukraine
You Always Have Veronica.
Obama:” I can be much more flexible after the election.”
Medvedev “ I’ll tell Vladimir.”
If this crew picks a direction, it’s always good to take the opposite one. Thus far every direction they have gone is either illegal or wrong.
This is no different. Some freepers don’t agree but oh well. Facts are what they are.
If only I could get Lydia in FONV....
Comical. We’re going to “isolate” the largest country in the world, with a top 10 economy, that is a major trading partner with Germany?
Are they smoking dope or doing lines of blow again in the White House?
The real fun starts when Serbian and Russian tanks roll back into Kosovo.
Kerry was dispatched to Kiev, and he will wind up making a speech in support of gay Ukrainians fighting against global warming.
From your lips to God’s ears...Kosovo is Serbia.
It began to became clear that he is consolidating his power and there might be no more fair elections ever.
He was also impeached by legal parliament, who had given up on him. Also the 2004 constitution was restored. And new elections were scheduled.
So, answer Sarah Palin’s question , how does this differ from the invasion of Georgia 6 years ago? The thesis is that Putin will use every opportunity to exercise hegemony over the territory of the former USSR. Yours is?
Thanks for the background; so , he was using the Chavez model of having a phone, a pen and a judiciary in his back pocket, huh? Seems to be the way to go these days.
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