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Ukraine crisis: US warns Russia not to annex Crimea (Or no Christmas cards or something....)
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Posted on 03/08/2014 4:49:08 PM PST by Sub-Driver

8 March 2014 Last updated at 18:08 ET Ukraine crisis: US warns Russia not to annex Crimea

The US has warned Russia that any moves to annex Crimea would close the door to diplomacy.

US Secretary of State John Kerry told Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that Crimea is part of Ukraine and Moscow should avoid military escalation.

Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama has been discussing the deepening crisis with world leaders.

It comes as warning shots were fired as a team of international observers was turned back from entering Crimea.

The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said that no-one was hurt in the incident at Armyansk.

It was the third time the OSCE has been prevented from entering Crimea, now in the control of pro-Russian forces.

Moscow has been tightening its military grip on the Crimean peninsula, and the pro-Russian authorities there have called a 16 March referendum to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.

The exchange between Mr Kerry and Mr Lavrov came in a telephone conversation on Saturday, a US State Department official said.

"He (John Kerry) made clear that continued military escalation and provocation in Crimea or elsewhere in Ukraine, along with steps to annex Crimea to Russia would close any available space for diplomacy, and he urged utmost restraint," the official said.

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Stern letter to follow............
1 posted on 03/08/2014 4:49:08 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
Dear Kerry:

Crimea - not our problem.

Sincerely,
ME (The only one that matters to me)
2 posted on 03/08/2014 4:52:41 PM PST by arderkrag (An Unreconstructed Georgian, STANDING WITH RAND.)
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To: Sub-Driver

So Russia under double secret probation you know what that mean

TOGA PARTY


3 posted on 03/08/2014 4:55:04 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Sub-Driver

Longing for the days when “U.S. warns” actually meant something.


4 posted on 03/08/2014 4:56:04 PM PST by JudyinCanada
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To: Sub-Driver

word on the street is that John John Heinz Kerry has been spending a great deal of his time this week practicing drawing a reasonably straight red line.

there is no word yet on how successful he may have been....


5 posted on 03/08/2014 4:58:13 PM PST by MeshugeMikey (Jesus came to Save not Entertain / Ground John Kerry Now!)
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To: Sub-Driver

6 posted on 03/08/2014 5:00:01 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Sub-Driver

What do the Crimean people want? If they want to be part of Russia there’s no problem. If they want to be independent or be a part of Ukraine, Russia should trip the hell back over the border and leave them alone.


7 posted on 03/08/2014 5:06:09 PM PST by Two Kids' Dad
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To: Sub-Driver
"He (John Kerry) made clear that continued military escalation and provocation in Crimea or elsewhere in Ukraine, along with steps to annex Crimea to Russia would close any available space for diplomacy..."

Really, so if diplomacy would be at an end, what would Obama and Kerry do next?

8 posted on 03/08/2014 5:07:19 PM PST by Truth29
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To: arderkrag

Definitely, this is apart of the world that the Russian Federation can enforce their version of the (now defunct) Monroe Doctrine, that once protected the Americas from encroachments by European powers.

Today, there is no will by the regime now in nominal rule of the territory once known as “the United States of America” to exert that defunct Monroe Doctrine, so what business have they of trying to call out anybody else whom may have territorial ambitions?

The Ukraine, by history and cultural influences, is at a divide between Russian hegemony and a serious yearning to be part of the “Western” world, joining with the former Communist nations that have shed the ideology of Marxism and embraced at least some form of reward system for individual initiative, based on most of the concepts of classic capitalism.

There is not, and never has been, any nation that has practiced all the precepts of classic capitalism, partly because of poor understanding of the benefits from the open and free exercise of individual contract for personal gain, in exchange for unfettered use of capital in promoting that personal gain. The old belief of “those that got it already, have an unfair advantage when it comes to getting more”, is hard to root out, because it predisposes the axiom that the pie is of only limited size. The real growth comes not only from expanding the size of the first pie, but to invent and cultivate a vast number of new pies.

The Russian Federation is trying to reassemble the old Soviet Empire, much like Charlemagne tried to reassemble the western part of the Roman Empire, in some loose assembly of fiefdoms known as the “Holy Roman Empire”, which was neither holy, Roman, or in fact, very much of an empire.


9 posted on 03/08/2014 5:14:14 PM PST by alloysteel (Obamacare - Death and Taxes now available online. One-stop shopping at its best!)
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To: Sub-Driver

After the stern letter, hussein will send Vlad a nice big check.


10 posted on 03/08/2014 5:19:16 PM PST by bgill
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Ukraine crisis: US warns Russia not to annex Crimea Without Conducting an Environmental Impact Study upon the Crimean Gecko, which lives only on the Southern coast at not more than 300 m above the sea level between Sevastopol and Alushtawhich.


11 posted on 03/08/2014 5:19:45 PM PST by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: alloysteel

The Monroe Doctrine only applies on the western hemisphere. So, there’s that. Also, despite how sad Crimea’s history may have been due to communism, it still isn’t our business.


12 posted on 03/08/2014 5:23:21 PM PST by arderkrag (An Unreconstructed Georgian, STANDING WITH RAND.)
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To: alloysteel

Historically the annexation of Crimea would likely be considered more ‘legitimate’ than our annexation of Hawaii.

Obama frequently finds Irony discomforting...


13 posted on 03/08/2014 5:23:56 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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14 posted on 03/08/2014 5:27:26 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Sub-Driver

No Soup for you, Pal! Michelle is having a dinner party and guess what? You are NOT invited!!!!


15 posted on 03/08/2014 5:32:17 PM PST by lee martell
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To: Sub-Driver

John F*kn is the kind of guy who keeps Kremlin leaders awake at night?

If they thought he was really serious, annexation wouldn’t have been announced in the first place.

Our Secretary Of State is a deterrent to the Russians... in his own mind.


16 posted on 03/08/2014 5:36:46 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Sub-Driver

They better not do it because Obama will be vewey, vewey, disappointed.


17 posted on 03/08/2014 5:42:43 PM PST by txrefugee
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To: Sub-Driver
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18 posted on 03/08/2014 6:21:29 PM PST by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice.)
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To: Sub-Driver
"He (John Kerry) made clear that continued military escalation and provocation in Crimea or elsewhere in Ukraine, along with steps to annex Crimea to Russia would close any available space for diplomacy, and he urged utmost restraint," the official said.

Have you noticed that the media only reports Obama's or Kerry's side of these phone calls, but never the Russian response? I'm guessing it's because the reply is something like, "Get lost, little boy and mind your own business..."

19 posted on 03/08/2014 6:42:16 PM PST by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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Stern letter to follow............

In ALL CAPS.

20 posted on 03/08/2014 6:43:25 PM PST by CDB
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You know, we spend billions of hard-earned taxpayer dollars for a State Department and an Executive Branch and a Defense Department and numerous intelligence agencies and the Democrats are acting like Putin just jumped out from behind the bathroom door and surprised them.


21 posted on 03/08/2014 7:16:26 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SkyDancer

That, is a good one.


22 posted on 03/08/2014 7:18:27 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Sub-Driver

To understand what’s behind the Russian takover of Crimea, google:

Skifska Natural Gas Field


23 posted on 03/08/2014 8:43:33 PM PST by gandalftb (Go OK State Cowboys!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

How do these people who have to deal with the likes
of Skerry and O’bummer keep from laughing in their faces?


24 posted on 03/08/2014 11:21:20 PM PST by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: Two Kids' Dad

It is kind of mixed up There are ethnic Russians ethnic Ukrainians and ethnic Tartars down there. Sevastopol is a warm water port a ship building center and home to the Black Sea Fleet
My hope is that Putin will stop with Crimea


25 posted on 03/09/2014 10:15:01 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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