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Russian Amb. on Obama’s Comments: If You Consider Russia “a Regional Power,” Look at Our Region...
National Review ^ | March 30, 2014 | By Patrick Brennan

Posted on 03/30/2014 9:13:40 AM PDT by Jim Robinson

Full title:

Russian Amb. on Obama’s Comments: ‘ “If You Consider Russia “a Regional Power,” Look at Our Region — From Europe to Asia”

Russia’s ambassador to the United States this morning had a sharp retort when asked about President Obama’s comments that Russia is a “regional power acting out of weanes.”

“If you consider Russia ‘a regional power,’” he said, “look at our region — it is from Europe to Asia.” President Vladimir Putin has talked up a Eurasioan Union as his anti-Western alternative to the European Union, and close advisers to Putin believe in a certain Eurasian ideology.

When ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked the ambassador whether Russia would consider pulling back from Crimea as a condition of a diplomatic solution, he wasn’t taken too seriously either: “What kind of from Crimea are you talking about?” Ambassador Kislyak said. “We are talking about territory of Russian Federation [sic].”

Crimea, he said, is now part of Russia, because “there was an expressed will of people living in Crime to become part of Russian Federation.”

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: obama; putin; tussia; ukraine

1 posted on 03/30/2014 9:13:40 AM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

Snort.

Great response by the Russian diplomat


2 posted on 03/30/2014 9:15:49 AM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: Jim Robinson
Russia is a “regional power acting out of weanes.”

NOBODY wants to be out of weanes.

3 posted on 03/30/2014 9:21:39 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Has anyone noticed how much Obama cares for the “will” of the people of Crimea, and yet he thinks nothing of trampling on the will of the American people?


4 posted on 03/30/2014 9:22:17 AM PDT by Slyfox (When Jesus sees a momma holding her little baby, it reminds him of his own momma.)
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To: Jim Robinson
Well, Vlad,

when you have to bribe supposedly friendly governments in the Western Hemisphere - like Nicaragua and Venezuela - just to allow your military vessels to briefly dock there,

and when you have half as many aircraft carriers as the Italian Navy,

and when your entire active infantry have to be deployed to pacify an area of your own country that's smaller than Connecticut with a quarter of CT's population

you're a regional power.

5 posted on 03/30/2014 9:24:11 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Jim Robinson

Crimea, he said, is now part of Russia, because “there was an expressed will of people living in Crimea to become part of Russian Federation.”

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He makes a valid point. Although the election may have been far from pure, there nonetheless was an election in Crimea. In the Ukraine, there was a coup. Which one appears to be the more legitimate?


6 posted on 03/30/2014 9:25:54 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Lorianne

Ah, another Putin lickspittle on a forum intended for American patriots.


7 posted on 03/30/2014 9:26:11 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake

Everyone around the world pays for docking.


8 posted on 03/30/2014 9:27:33 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Starboard
There was no election in Crimea.

The elected representatives of the Ukrainian people, however, impeached their President for violating their constitution - clearly you know neither what an election is, nor what a coup is.

9 posted on 03/30/2014 9:28:11 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Sacajaweau
We're not talking docking fees, which even the Russians could afford.

We don't have to offer Brazil or Australia special trade preferences and free oil just to dock our vessels in their harbors.

10 posted on 03/30/2014 9:30:03 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Slyfox

bttt


11 posted on 03/30/2014 9:34:30 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: wideawake

“There was no election in Crimea.”

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You may not like the way it was done, but that is simply a false and ignorant statment.


12 posted on 03/30/2014 9:35:59 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Jim Robinson

Bush was called a “cowboy” - but he never publicly belittled a foreign power with whom he negotiating.


13 posted on 03/30/2014 9:55:16 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Starboard
There was no election.

A foreign power invaded and presided over a charade.

The so-called "election" was not held according to local laws, it involved thousands of foreign nationals crossing the border to "vote" as if they were citizens, the "election" was supervised by armed foreign troops, and the majority of Crimeans did not participate.

If the Mexican army marched into Los Angeles, cordoned it off, declared - contrary to US and California law - that they were going to hold an election to determine if LA would become an "independent" nation, then marched through the streets beating and assaulting any Americans who protested, stood armed at polls, and bused in thousands of people from Mexico to pad the results because no Americans were willing to legitimize their power grab by even showing up to vote "no" - would that also be an election?

Would calling that "election" a fake and a sham be "ignorant"?

I can believe how many FReepers are in love with a two-bit foreign dictator.

May your chains lie lightly upon you.

14 posted on 03/30/2014 10:00:21 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: PGR88

Obama could not help stooping to the Russian level of discourse. He’s as crass and classless as Putin.


15 posted on 03/30/2014 10:04:37 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Jim Robinson

Obama is being beaten at every level.


16 posted on 03/30/2014 10:04:40 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Lorianne
Snort.

All joined together buy one railway line and one highway.

Russia is still a Third World country with nukes.

17 posted on 03/30/2014 10:34:30 AM PDT by pierrem15 (Claudius: "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.")
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To: Jim Robinson
Stephanopoulos sounded like the neophyte kid he truly is, trying to extract a promise from the Soviet Ambassador....lol.
18 posted on 03/30/2014 10:34:53 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: wideawake
Amazing, isn't it? The only thing I can think of is that hatred of Obama has led them to embrace the humiliation of their own country at the hands of a tin-pot dictator simply to get back at Obama.

Like Alcibiades, they love their country so much they would have her back by any means.

19 posted on 03/30/2014 10:37:20 AM PDT by pierrem15 (Claudius: "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.")
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To: Jim Robinson


20 posted on 03/30/2014 10:40:24 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: wideawake

The single Russian aircraft carrier has a larger displacement than both Italian carriers together — not that a single metric means much.

How would your conclusion change, if you were to factor in Russian strategic and tactical nuclear weapons , and Russian nuclear submarines?


21 posted on 03/30/2014 12:26:57 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: wideawake

Oh, so you agree with Obama’s comment?


22 posted on 03/30/2014 12:38:58 PM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: Lorianne

That Russia is a regional power? Yes.


23 posted on 03/30/2014 3:12:41 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
Russia's subs could be liquidated quite quickly by the US if they tried to use them offensively anywhere.

They could not do the same to us.

Their aging nuclear arsenal could indeed start a global war - but it's hard to call yourself a global power if the only way you can make your power felt globally is to use a tactic that will ensure your own erasure as a country.

24 posted on 03/30/2014 3:15:28 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake

The thing is, Russia could wind up doing something they couldn’t do during the Cold War, winning the “Hearts and Minds” war.

With the US making promoting gay rights and proclaiming that Global Warming is the greatest danger to mankind, and trying to bully other nations to adopt their agenda, this is putting off a lot of countries that think the US should butt out of such things.


25 posted on 03/30/2014 3:17:30 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
Who is proclaiming that Global Warming is greatest danger, exactly?

The US never ratified the Kyoto Protocol.

Putin's Russia not only ratified it, Russia's ratification was the last one needed to make it binding on the parties - Russia is the one who imposed Kyoto on the world.

26 posted on 03/30/2014 5:06:49 PM PDT by wideawake
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