Skip to comments.Lavrov: If West accepts coup-appointed Kiev govt it must accept a Russian Crimea (Federalization)
Posted on 03/30/2014 9:06:33 AM PDT by jimbo123
The West is inconsistent in not recognizing the Crimea referendum as legitimate, while recognizing the military coup in Kiev, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov said. He accused the EU and US of duplicity and described sanctions as a dead-end track.
First and foremost, order has to be restored in all cities, all illegal weapons must be surrendered, all buildings that have been taken over illegally must be released, all barriers from streets and squares must be removed, and there must be no more Maidans or mini-Maidans.
We are convinced that it would be impossible to work out solutions to all of Ukraines problems without a unanimous agreement on the introduction of the federal form of government in Ukraine. Each region needs to have the opportunity to elect directly its local authorities, the executive branch and the governors, and to have all the rights and needs of its citizens satisfied across all spheres, including economy, finances, culture, language, social activities or the right for friendly relations and travel to neighboring states, be it Poland, Lithuania or Russia.
We know from experience that the unitary state does not work in Ukraine. After every presidential election they change the Constitution: first they give more power to the president, then to the parliament, after that to the government. This merry-go-round cannot last for long. Federalization is a way to make all the regions feel comfortable, so that every region will know that its rights are being respected. And at the national level, they will have certain things in common, like defense, foreign policy, judiciary. We would be willing to do that I mean guarantees that external players would offer to Ukraine after it implements these reforms.
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Always has been.
This is Russia’s bottom line for a solution to the Ukraine crisis.
Which would greatly limit Western Ukrainian nationalists’ influence on the affairs of the country.
And in exchange for this? Russia wants the West and Kiev to agree Crimea is a Russian province.
Well, duh! This whole talk in the MSM about a “possible” Ukrainian invasion, after Crimea had already been taken was a joke. Obama will accept his terms of surrender, and the MSM will pedal them as victory of sanctions and peaceful negotiation. How downright Chamberlainian.
Interesting quote from Lavrov:
Incidentally, I was taken aback by what the US President Barack Obama said about Russia being a regional power and about the costs we will have to pay. We did not lose any lives when we responded to the legitimate choice of the Crimean people. The games the American played in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yugoslavia have cost thousands of lives. There is always a price, but in every case it is different.
The “coup” didn’t take away territory from Ukraine, it just changed governments. When the usurper took DC in a silent coup, we didn’t have to give Arizona back to the Mexicans, even if they voted for it.
Exactly. Putin is saying he is going to keep Crimea and use threat of invasiosn so Ukraine will institute a new Federal constitution. Which means he will let the EU have Western Ukraine and Kiev and he will have allied federated states in Eastern and Southern Ukraine under the new constitution.
And cutting gas and electric to Crimea is aimed at your supposed own people?? It's only more evidence that Kiev has written off Crimea and could care less about the majority Russian population as well as the Ukrainians and Tatars.
He accepts just about any insult or transgression from Putin and other foreign leaders.
Then to compensate and restore his ego, he turns around and becomes a strutting little mulatto Napolean at home, shutting down coal mines and
electric power plants, forcing Obamacare on people who don't want it, pushing 90 year old WWII vets around and calling cancer victims liars.
What happens in Ukraine is none of Russia’s effin business. I’ll bet he would like to collect guns.
If Obama deals with this monster....
Federalization means that the Ukraine is dismembered and each political entity (Oblast) votes on what to do. Like Mexico telling the USA to have a vote in 50 states because CA has a large population of Mexican-Americans.