Skip to comments.Harper: Russia Is A Grave Threat To World
Posted on 04/19/2014 2:58:21 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
OTTAWA Russian actions against Ukraine are aggressive, militaristic and imperialistic and pose a grave threat to world peace, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said today.
Pro-Russian groups have occupied buildings in 10 cities in eastern Ukraine in recent days, prompting Harper to use his harshest words yet against what he called Russian provocateurs sent by the Putin regime.
Its time to rally the world against the danger posed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Harper said at a hastily assembled photo-op event with ambassadors from Ukraine, Estonia, Poland and Latvia.
I know this is of great concern to our NATO allies in the region, but it should be a great concern to all of us, Harper said.
When a major power acts in a way that is so clearly aggressive, militaristic and imperialistic, this represents a significant threat to the peace and stability of the world and its time we all recognized the depth and the seriousness of that threat.
He said hes dispatching Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird to talk with allies in eastern Europe. Baird will then head on to the Middle East.Baird echoed the prime minister in blaming Russia for the latest events, scoffing: I dont know who the Russian federation thinks its kidding when it tries to pretend that it has nothing to do with them.
There are very clear and disconcerting parallels between what is happening in eastern Ukraine and events leading up to Russias illegal invasion and annexation of Crimea, Baird continued, urging Russia to back down.
Canada is prepared to impose stronger sanctions against Putins regime, Harper said.
But as I say, the most important thing we need to do is to rally all of our allies throughout the western world and throughout the greater global community to understand that peace and stability is being threatened here in a way that has not been threatened since the end of the Cold War.
Putin is fighting history and will lose, he added.
We also know from history that anybody who makes it their historical mission to turn the clock back, as Mr. Putin has determined to do, that those kinds of missions always fail in the end. But we will do all in our power to make it fail.
Harper also paid tribute to the people of Ukraine, saying their determination to secure their freedom and independence has no limit.
Thank God Stephen Harper is in this world.
How did we Elect Obama while Canada elected this man?
It’s time, folks, to put your cold war hats back on, because that’s what we’re in. The Soviet structures in Russia were never dismantled, their crimes never punished, and their enablers in the West never exposed and expelled. And this is the price we pay for that.
Harper is a good Prime Minister and a leader. Canada should be proud.
You would not believe how Harper is derided by parts of the press in Canada.
He is the Leader of the Free World.
Meanwhile, Obama is the Leader of the Free S—t World.
Yes I would.
Which is a greater threat to the world? An American president who is in cahoots with everyone who wants to destroy America? Muslims? Or Putin.
Obama and Putin have both out grown their britches and are going to do great damage in the world. Can’t stand either of them.
Harper is one of the few adults on the world stage.
The only thing about your theory is that Russia’s defense budget is now third place in the world.
China’s is larger.
And China’s still communist. Just saying. Bring back American manufacturing.
Indeed. I hope he’s ready to shoulder a lot because we are going to need him. Prayers up.
We can’t win a cold war without it.
Who told you that there is only one threat at a time.
I agree 100%.
America sent a whole heck of a lot of American manufacturing to China.
China stepped in enthusiatically, and for some years this has been a mutually beneficial relationship.
No more. China now out-exports America. China continues to grow at a rapid pace.
China does not allow international investment in China, all investment must be through Chinese interests. And even land is off-limits to foreigners.
We need to start making things ourselves once again.
Russia is not the threat it once was.
Wake up people. We need to bring manufacturing back from China.
China is the country to watch. Big-time.
We have built our entire military being it seems, on being against Russia. All of our military build-up since WWII has been focused primarily on Russia.
It is hardly a surprize that everyone is still watching Russia with big eyes, watching their every move.
The thing is. Russia is now being eclipsed by China.
Right now. China’s military budget is now almost double Russia’s. China runs the largest military budget in the world, after America.
America ran a 440 billion / 122 billion trade deficit with China just last year.
We cannot continue that.
Why doesn’t Russia attack the border areas of China?
You win cold wars with money and superior material. short of selling the unicorn ranch I don’t see us finding the money to do either.