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  • Berlin Alarmed by Aggressive NATO Stance on Ukraine

    03/08/2015 11:29:06 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Spiegel ^ | 06 March 2015
    It was quiet in eastern Ukraine last Wednesday. Indeed, it was another quiet day in an extended stretch of relative calm. The battles between the Ukrainian army and the pro-Russian separatists had largely stopped and heavy weaponry was being withdrawn. The Minsk cease-fire wasn't holding perfectly, but it was holding. On that same day, General Philip Breedlove, the top NATO commander in Europe, stepped before the press in Washington. Putin, the 59-year-old said, had once again "upped the ante" in eastern Ukraine -- with "well over a thousand combat vehicles, Russian combat forces, some of their most sophisticated air defense,...
  • Obama Admits US "Brokered" Coup in Ukraine

    02/02/2015 5:13:56 AM PST · by logi_cal869 · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/01/2015 | n/a
    'Brief' video clip at link. "...because he (President Putin) was caught, uh...off balance by the protests in the Maidan and, uh... Yanukovych (president voted by Ukrainian people) then fleeing after we've brokered a deal, uh... to transition power in Ukraine".
  • Mikhail Gorbachev accuses United States of drawing Russia into new Cold War

    02/01/2015 8:52:24 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 71 replies
    AFP ^ | January 30, 1015
    Mikhail Gorbachev accuses the United States of drawing Russia into a new Cold War saying he fears hostilities could escalate into armed conflict. The last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has accused the United States of drawing Russia into a new Cold War and said he feared hostilities could escalate into armed conflict. The United States "has already drawn us into a new Cold War, trying openly to achieve its main idea of triumphalism," Mr Gorbachev said in an interview with the Interfax news agency. "Where will that lead all of us? A Cold War is already being waged openly. What's...
  • Transcript: President Obama's Full NPR Interview

    01/12/2015 10:30:19 AM PST · by Old Sarge · 10 replies
    NPR ^ | 30 DEC 2014 | The Marxist Kenyan Usurper Himself
    PRESIDENT OBOLA: "...You'll recall that three or four months ago, everybody in Washington was convinced that President Putin was a genius... And he had outmaneuvered all of us and he had, you know, bullied and, you know, strategized his way into expanding Russian power. And I said at the time we don't want war with Russia but we can apply steady pressure working with our European partners, being the backbone of an international coalition to oppose Russia's violation of another country's sovereignty, and that over time, this would be a strategic mistake by Russia."INTERVIEWER: Are you just lucky that the...
  • Exclusive: Putin Halts All Talks With White House

    04/25/2014 12:58:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 114 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 4/25/14 | Josh Rogin
    As new U.S. sanctions against Russia loom, the Kremlin has shut down—at least for now—intensive high level communications between top U.S. and Russian officials. Since the invasion of Crimea, President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama have had regular phone calls in an often half-hearted attempt to deescalate the ongoing crisis inside Ukraine. But as the U.S. and EU prepare to unveil new sanctions against Russia, Putin has decided the interactions should stop. The Kremlin has ended high-level contact with the Obama administration, according to diplomatic officials and sources close to the Russian leadership. The move signals an end to...
  • Obama warns sanctions against Russia are 'teed up' as tension builds in Ukraine

    04/24/2014 8:10:19 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 12 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 4/24/14 | ap/fox
    President Obama said Thursday that new sanctions targeting Russia are "teed up" in the wake of a fresh warning by the Russian foreign minister that attacks on Russian citizens or interests in Ukraine would bring a firm response.
  • U.S. says will act 'in days' if no Russian action in Ukraine

    04/22/2014 6:38:21 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 25 replies
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 4/21/14 | Doina Chiacu and Patricia Zengerle
    The United States' government said on Monday it will decide "in days" on additional sanctions if Russia does not take steps to implement an agreement to ease tensions in Ukraine reached in Geneva last week. The steps include publicly calling on pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine to vacate occupied buildings and checkpoints, accept an amnesty and address their grievances politically, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. "If they don't take steps in the coming days, there'll be consequences," she said at a Monday news briefing. "Obviously, we would have to make a decision in the matter of - in a...
  • How Obama’s White House Lost Ukraine in a Few Stupid Steps

    04/21/2014 10:05:06 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 26 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4-22-2014 | Patrick Smith
    No one wants to say so, but the Obama administration has backed the wrong horse in Ukraine, and the misguided wager is a big loss. It is hardly the president’s first failure on the foreign side, but it may prove the costliest of his many to date. For a while it was possible to pretend, just barely, that supporting the coup against Viktor Yanukovych, the elected president hounded into exile in February, would prove a sound judgment. Obama always came across as a welterweight in the ring with Vladimir Putin, simply not up to the Russian leader’s command of all...
  • LUCAS: I hope I'm wrong but historians may look back and say this was the start of World War III

    04/16/2014 9:54:36 AM PDT · by Siegfried X · 50 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 04/15/2014 | Edward Lucas
    Edward Lucas: I hope I'm wrong but historians may look back and say this was the start of World War III 'Vladimir Putin is striking at the heart of the West''We can chose to surrender any responsibility we have to protect Ukraine and the Baltic states''Or we can mount a last-ditch attempt to deter Russia from furthering its imperial ambitions''If we choose to resist Putin, we will risk a terrifying miltary escalation''I do not think it an exaggeration to say this could bring us to the brink of nuclear war' It is about brute power. It is about whether Putin’s...
  • Eli Lake Exclusive: U.S. Won’t Share Invasion Intel With Ukraine

    04/08/2014 5:19:38 PM PDT · by kristinn · 23 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Monday, April 8, 2014 | Eli Lake
    American spies have spotted all the signs of an all-out Russian invasion of Ukraine. Why won’t they tell the Ukrainians about the forces on their border? U.S. intelligence agencies now have detailed information that Russia has amassed the kind of forces needed for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. But the Obama administration hasn’t shared with Ukraine the imagery, intercepts, and analysis that pinpont (sic) the location of the Russian troops ready to seize more Ukrainian land, The Daily Beast has learned. President Obama has repeatedly and publicly expressed solidarity with the Ukrainian people—and warned Russian leader Vladimir Putin that there...
  • Obama: Russia must pull back troops from Ukraine border

    03/28/2014 11:17:00 AM PDT · by traumer · 51 replies
    US President Barack Obama has urged Russia to "move back its troops" on Ukraine's border and lower tensions. Russia is believed to have massed a force of several thousand troops close to Ukraine's eastern frontier. Mr Obama told CBS News it may "be an effort to intimidate Ukraine, or it may be that [Russia has] additional plans." Meanwhile, a Russian security official has said intelligence measures are being stepped up to counter Western threats to Moscow's influence. Russia annexed the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine after voters in the region backed the move in a 16 March referendum. But both actions...
  • Bolton: Obama Is Living In a World of Words, Putin Is Living In a World of Power

    03/27/2014 1:12:50 AM PDT · by kingattax · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 3-26-14 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton saw President Obama’s speech in Brussels today as deeply concerning for the United States and a grave insight into how Obama views international relations. Bolton, speaking directly after the speech on Fox News, was flummoxed that President Obama’s chief concern appeared to be that Russian President Vladimir Putin violated international law by invading Ukraine. Absent, Bolton noted, was any mention of Russia’s imperialist motivations or the need to implement further deterrents against Putin. “There’s nothing in the speech about understanding force and power and international affairs the way the Russians do and how they proceeded,...
  • Obama, Putin and the Green Axis of Evil

    03/12/2014 12:12:40 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 Mar 14 | James Delingpole
    One of the biggest divisions in the conservative movement right now is how to respond to Vladimir Putin's aggression in the Ukraine. On the one hand are the neo-cons who apparently want to flex America's muscles and open a new Cold War; on the other are the neo-isolationists who believe that this is a quarrel in a far-away country between people of whom we know nothing.
  • Why President Obama's mealymouthed response to Ukraine only invites Putin's aggression.

    03/11/2014 12:45:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | March 4, 2014 | Ted Cruz
    Vladimir Putin running rampant in Ukraine showcases how the Obama administration's abdication of global leadership is making the world a more dangerous place. Instead of providing clarity to our nation and our allies, the Obama administration offers tortured semantics. "Kinetic action" glamorizes the failed policy of leading from behind in Libya. A "spontaneous protest" explains the coordinated al Qaeda attack on American officials in Benghazi. The interim agreement over Iran's nuclear program -- described by one of our closest allies as a "historic mistake" -- is in this universe referred to as a display of "international unity." And on Friday,...
  • Chairman Of Joint Chiefs: US Ready For "Military Response" In Ukraine

    03/12/2014 10:19:01 AM PDT · by Errant · 88 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12 March 2014 | Tyler Durden
    With diplomacy having failed miserably to resolve the Russian annexation of Crimea, and soon East Ukraine (and with John Kerry in charge of it, was there ever any doubt), the US is moving to the heavy artillery. First, moments ago, the US DOE announced in a shocking announcement that it would proceed with the first draw down and sale of crude from the US strategic petroleum reserve, the first since June 2011, in what it said was a "test sale to check the operational capabilities of system infrastructure", but is really just a shot across the bow at Putin for...
  • WaPo: President will still be president, aides say — just in Fla. (Key Largo)

    03/07/2014 3:19:44 PM PST · by maggief · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 7, 2014 | David Nakamura
    KEY LARGO, Fla. – No matter what’s going on in the world – or where in the world he happens to be – President Obama never stops being president, his aides say. So on Friday, a week into a tense international standoff half a world away, Obama loaded his aides and his family aboard Air Force One, left chilly Washington and arrived here in sunny South Florida for a weekend getaway at the exclusive Ocean Reef resort. There were golf courses, tennis courts, pools and immaculate beach fronts. There was also, White House spokesman Josh Earnest assured reporters, the “regular...
  • Putin mocks the West and threatens to turn off gas supplies

    03/07/2014 1:55:18 PM PST · by dynachrome · 40 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3-7-14 | Damien McElroy
    Vladimir Putin has mocked diplomatic efforts to end the Ukraine crisis as Russia threatened to disrupt European gas supplies by cutting off sales to Kiev over its unpaid debts. The Russian president said through his official spokesman that, despite deep disagreements with the West, he did not want a confrontation over Ukraine to spiral into a “new cold war”. Nevertheless Dmitry Peskov ridiculed Western demands for direct talks between the Kremlin and the new Kiev government, claiming that the loss of credibility involved “puts a smile on our face”. The remarks were broadcast during the opening ceremony of the Paralympic...
  • Ukraine standoff intensifies, Russia says sanctions will 'boomerang'

    03/07/2014 2:21:49 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 52 replies
    reuters ^ | March 7, 2014 | BY STEVE GUTTERMAN AND ANDREW OSBORN
    (Reuters) - Russia said any U.S. sanctions imposed on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine will boomerang back on the United States and that Crimea has the right to self-determination as armed men tried to seize another Ukrainian military base on the peninsula. In a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned against "hasty and reckless steps" that could harm Russian-American relations, the foreign ministry said on Friday. "Sanctions...would inevitably hit the United States like a boomerang," it added.
  • Obama raises stakes in Crimean standoff with Putin

    03/06/2014 12:55:22 PM PST · by kiryandil · 45 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | March 6, 2014 | BRADLEY KLAPPER and LARA JAKES, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is raising the stakes in the West's standoff with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He's imposing sanctions against Moscow and rejecting plans for a referendum on the future of Ukraine's Russian-occupied Crimea...
  • Obama Says Referendum in Crimea Would Violate Law

    03/06/2014 11:18:19 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 37 replies
    NYT ^ | March 6, 2014 | By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN and ALAN COWELL
    SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — As the pro-Russian authorities in Crimea pressed ahead on Thursday with measures to break away from Ukraine and become part of Russia, President Obama said that their plans for a referendum would “violate the Ukrainian Constitution and violate international law.” The developments came as the United States and the European Unions moved to provide new support for the national government in Kiev and sought ways to press President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine. President Obama said in Washington: “Any discussion about the future of Ukraine must include the legitimate government of...
  • Obama approves sanctions on individuals 'destabilizing Ukraine'

    03/06/2014 11:18:19 AM PST · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 3/6/14 | Meghashyam Mali
    President Obama on Thursday signed an executive order readying sanctions and visa restrictions on individuals the administration said were responsible for “destabilizing Ukraine.” “The President has signed an Executive Order that authorizes sanctions on individuals and entities threatening the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine; contributing to the misappropriation of state assets of Ukraine; or purporting to assert governmental authority over any part of Ukraine without authorization from the Ukrainian government in Kyiv,” said the White House in a statement.
  • Russia is on the ‘wrong side of history’ and its actions violate international law, Obama says

    03/04/2014 11:41:02 AM PST · by dennisw · 31 replies
    nationalpost. ^ | March 3, 2014 8:30 AM ET | David McHugh And Dalton Bennet
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says Russia is “on the wrong side of history” in Ukraine and its actions violate international law. Obama told reporters in the Oval Office on Monday that the United States is considering economic and diplomatic options that will isolate Russia. The president called on Congress to work on an aid package to Ukraine and make it the “first order of business.” Obama said continued military actions in Ukraine “will be a costly proposition for Russia.” Russia called for the adoption of a national unity deal in Ukraine even as it tightened its stranglehold over Crimea,...
  • Obama's caution on Ukraine may loom over midterm election [also, live breaking news from Ukraine]

    03/04/2014 12:14:33 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 131 replies
    reuters ^ | March 3, 2014 | By Steve Holland
    (Reuters) - With Russia's incursion into Ukraine reviving Cold War-style tensions, President Barack Obama is at risk of suffering a blow to his credibility at a time when he can least afford it: as he tries to convince voters to stick with his fellow Democrats in congressional elections that will help shape his legacy. For five years, Obama has practiced a cautious approach to foreign policy crises, prizing sober diplomacy and the search for consensus over brinkmanship, in prolonged conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the deliberative style that Obama's team sees as a statesmanlike attitude in tune with Americans'...
  • Stephens: Anatomy of a Feckless Presidency

    03/04/2014 10:14:54 AM PST · by Jarhead9297 · 31 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 3, 2014 | Brett Stephens
    "Vladimir Putin seized Ukraine's Crimean peninsula on Thursday, and Barack Obama delivered a short statement about it on Friday. The former tells us nothing we didn't know already about Russia's strongman. The latter tells us everything we need to know about a weak president's feckless foreign policy. Let's take a look at what Mr. Obama had to say: "I also spoke several days ago with President Putin, and my administration has been in daily contact with Russian officials." "OK, but why? What's the point of talking if you won't even make use of what's said? On Oct. 18, 1962, Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko visited...
  • The Annotated Obama

    03/02/2014 12:28:53 PM PST · by Steelfish · 15 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 02, 2014 | WILLIAM KRISTOL
    The Annotated Obama MAR 1, 2014 • BY WILLIAM KRISTOL President Obama spoke for 90 minutes this afternoon with President Putin of Russia about the situation in Ukraine. President Obama expressed his deep concern over Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, which is a breach of international law, including Russia’s obligations under the UN Charter, and of its 1997 military basing agreement with Ukraine, and which is inconsistent with the 1994 Budapest Memorandum and the Helsinki Final Act. The United States condemns Russia’s military intervention into Ukrainian territory. Commentary: President Obama told President Putin that Russia had...
  • Four Months Ago US Intelligence Knew Putin Would Invade Ukraine [my title / TV interview]

    03/03/2014 6:45:20 PM PST · by matt1234 · 21 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3/3/2014 | Sara Carter
    On the Blaze Network today, Glenn Beck interviewed a journalist named Sara Carter ( @saracarterdc ). During the interview she broke a news story that the obama administration (namely "intelligence") knew four months ago that Putin was going to invade Ukraine. I don't know if her claim is true or false, but she said she had sources. Does anyone have any more information on this? Thanks.
  • The Audio That Beck Says Should Sink Obama’s Poll Numbers to the ‘20s’

    03/03/2014 9:05:43 PM PST · by lbryce · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 3, 2014 | Erica Ritz
    Glenn Beck said on his radio program Monday that if the media focused on what the Obama administration said about Russia “over and over again” during the 2012 presidential election, the president’s poll numbers would plummet. “You want the president’s ratings to be [where they] should be, in the 20s?” Beck asked. “All you have to do is tell the truth. All you have to do is play the audio of how wrong this man is.” Beck continued: “The mainstream media just doesn’t care. As long as you win the moment, it doesn’t matter what you said in the past....
  • Rogers: Putin 'Running Circles' Around The United States

    03/02/2014 10:49:38 AM PST · by blam · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3-2-2014 | Fox News
    Rogers: Putin 'Running Circles' Around The United States Published March 02, 2014FoxNews.com Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said Sunday the crisis in Ukraine presents another situation in which President Obama is getting out-maneuvered on the global stage by Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying, “Putin is playing chess, and I think we’re playing marbles.” “It’s not even close,” Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told “Fox News Sunday.” His remarks follow Russia sending troops into Ukraine’s Crimea region, amid Ukraine’s months-long political upheaval in which residents in late February ousted their leader. Though Rogers often calls on the Obama administration to...
  • Why Putin Says He Won’t Back Down {So Much For Obama's "Serious Warnings"!]

    03/01/2014 8:05:04 PM PST · by Steelfish · 51 replies
    ABCNews ^ | March 01, 2014 | Dean Schabner
    Why Putin Says He Won’t Back Down By Dean Schabner Mar 1, 2014 When President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin got off the phone today, the White House said Moscow was in “clear violation” of international law with its actions in Crimea, but the Kremlin has a different view of the situation in Ukraine. Putin today asked for and received authorization from the Duma — the Russian legislature — to use military force in Ukraine, and throughout the day armed men in unmarked uniforms patrolled airports in the Crimean cities of Simferopol and Sevastopol, the home of a Russian...
  • Obama Attends Daughter's Dance Recital as Russia Invades Ukraine

    03/01/2014 7:09:44 PM PST · by kristinn · 44 replies
    Saturday, March 1, 2014 | Kristinn
    Last night it was a 'happy hour' Democratic Party fundraiser Obama headlined, tonight it was his daughter Sasha's dance recital.The AP's Darlene Superville via Twitter:#Obama and @FLOTUS are at the Strathmore music center in North Bethesda. Daughter Sasha had a dance recital here at this time last year.#POTUS and @FLOTUS are indeed attending daughter Sasha's dance performance at the Strathmore center in North Bethesda, Md.#Obama returns to WH w/o @FLOTUS or daughter Sasha (10:00 p.m. EST) Meanwhile...Charlie Winch ‏@ce_winch · 27m Not sure how reliable this is but local souce claims Russian troops are amassing on northern border 140m from...
  • CNN claims Putin is Bullying Obama

    03/01/2014 5:46:04 PM PST · by kcvl · 146 replies
  • Russian legislator slams Obama for 'direct threat' to Russia

    03/01/2014 11:14:27 AM PST · by kronos77 · 39 replies
    US President Barack Obama's warning that Russia would have to pay for a planned military intervention in Crimea is "a direct threat," a deputy head of Russia's upper house of parliament said on Saturday, saying Obama has "crossed the red line and insulted the Russian people." "Yesterday we heard from various media sources that the US president, Obama, had said Russia would pay dearly for its policy. We know that Maidan militants who were active in Kiev, and not only there, had been trained in Lithuania and Poland. Now they want to spread their influence with their activities to eastern...
  • Palin on Ukraine: I told you so

    02/28/2014 3:15:45 PM PST · by Jean S · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | February 28th, 2014 05:36 PM ET
    (CNN) - Sarah Palin may be having a bragging rights moment. In 2008, when she was the GOP vice presidential nominee, Palin questioned in a speech whether then-Sen. Barack Obama would have the foreign policy credentials to handle a scenario in which Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine.Follow @politicalticker"After the Russian army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama's reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence – the kind of response that would only encourage Russia's Putin to invade Ukraine next," she said in Reno, Nevada on October 21, 2008. The former Alaska governor was happy to highlight her...
  • Russian upper house approves use of force in Ukraine

    03/01/2014 7:10:27 AM PST · by maggief · 507 replies
    CNN ^ | March 1, 2014 | Laura Smith-Spark. Diana Magnay and Ingrid Formanek
    Simferopol, Ukraine (CNN) -- [Breaking News Update, 10:02 a.m. ET] (CNN) -- Russia's upper house of parliament voted Saturday to approve the use of military force in Ukraine. The vote was unanimous. [Original Story, published 9:23 a.m. ET] (CNN) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked the upper house of parliament for approval to send Russian troops into Ukraine's Crimea region to normalize the political situation there, the Kremlin said Saturday. Due to the "extraordinary situation in Ukraine," Putin said, there are threats to the lives of Russian citizens and Russian military personnel based in the southern Crimean region. It...
  • OBAMA PROCLAIMS: Officially Happy Hour with the Democratic Party

    02/28/2014 3:57:12 PM PST · by Toespi · 37 replies
    Fox News
    Obama Heads to Dem Fundraiser After Ukraine Remarks: 'Officially Happy Hour With the Democratic Party'
  • Russia's Resurgence Is A Reaction To Obama's Retreat

    02/28/2014 11:40:51 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 23 replies
    IBD ^ | 02/27/2014 | IBD Editorial
    Russia: America's old Cold War adversary is acting more and more like it used to, exerting power from Crimea to Havana to Singapore. Think it might be related to the shrinking of our conventional forces? It might sound crazy today, but historians (writing in Russian or Mandarin, of course) could look back one day at the killing of Osama bin Laden and see it as the beginning of the demise of America as a superpower. As Center for Political-Military Analysis director and Hudson Institute senior fellow Richard Weitz noted some months after the bin Laden operation, rather than "overwhelming force...
  • Krauthammer’s Take: Obama Tells the World We Aren’t Going to Do Anything About Invasion of Ukraine

    03/01/2014 8:33:58 AM PST · by upchuck · 45 replies
    National Review ^ | Feb 28, 2014 | Charles Krauthammer
    As reports are coming in that Russia has placed 2,000 troops in Crimea, within the borders of Ukraine, President Obama said that “the United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.” Charles Krauthammer responded on Special Report tonight saying, “The Ukrainians, and I think everybody, is shocked by the weakness of Obama’s statement. I find it rather staggering.” [snip] “What he’s saying is we’re not really going to do anything and we’re telling the world,” Krauthammer said.