by Bruce Gagnon
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 5, 2014
My mother used to say “the proof is in the pudding”. In the case of the US strategy concerning Ukraine and Russia the ‘ugly facts’ are starting to tell the real story.
At least five of those appointed to the ‘new revolutionary cabinet’ in Ukraine come from the ultra-right nationalist (neo-Nazi) Svoboda and Right Sector parties. One of those appointments is the Deputy Secretary of National Security & Defense Council which likely means alot of head busting if anyone ‘gets out of line’.
On the question of Russia’s ‘invasion’ of Crimea RT reports:
In 1997, amid the wreckage of the USSR, Russia & Ukraine signed a Partition Treaty determining the fate of the military bases and vessels in Crimea. The deal sparked widespread officer ‘defections’ to Russia and was ratified by the Russian & Ukrainian parliaments in 1999. Russia received 81.7 percent of the fleet’s ships after paying the Ukrainian government US$526.5 million. The deal allowed the Russian Black Sea Fleet to stay in Crimea until 2017. This was extended by another 25 years to 2042 with a 5-year extension option in 2010. Moscow annually writes off $97.75 million of Kiev’s debt for the right to use Ukrainian waters and radio frequencies, and to compensate for the Black Sea Fleet’s environmental impact. The Russian navy is allowed up to 25,000 troops.
The Global Network has long been claiming that the US intends to further expand NATO and escalate deployment of so-called “missile defense” systems surrounding Russia (and China). This morning’s news brings more on both these vital topics.
From KyivPost they announce:
The possible deployment of U.S. missile defense components on Ukrainian territory in exchange for U.S. financial support to Kyiv is a subject of negotiations, Ukrainian Ambassador in Minsk Mykhailo Yezhel said. “This is a subject of negotiations. As they say, shoot first and ask questions later,” the ambassador told reporters in Minsk on Wednesday, speaking of the possible deployment of U.S. missile defense components in Ukraine as a condition of financial support to the crisis-ridden country.
On the issue of NATO expansion The Voice of Russia reports:
Ukraine’s parliament has allegedly registered a bill that aims to put the former Soviet republic on tracks towards joining the military NATO bloc. This is according to the secretariat of the Verkhovna Rada. The draft law on Ukrainian accession to the North-Atlantic alliance was submitted by the opposition-turned-ruling party Batkyvshchina who claimed that Ukraine’s military neutrality would not guarantee its safety. The initiative reportedly proposes to amend the country’s national security and home/foreign policy laws to define Euro-Atlantic integration and NATO accession as Ukraine’s foreign policy course.
It’s really too bad that none of these stories are reported in western media but by now we should all understand that the corporate dominated mouth pieces have bigger fish to fry – such as mind-washing the public to support anything and everything that the oil-i-garchy is doing.
In the end there can be little doubt that the US and NATO are going for Russia’s throat – maybe one could call it the ‘final solution’.
[DS added the videos.]
Kiev snipers hired by Maidan leaders – Estonian FM to EU’s Ashton
RT on Mar 5, 2014
The snipers who shot at protesters and police in Kiev were allegedly hired by Maidan leaders, according to a leaked phone conversation between the EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and Estonian foreign affairs minister, which has emerged online – READ MORE http://on.rt.com/dx2op3
Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and Catherine Ashton discuss Ukraine over the phone
Michael Bergman on Mar 5, 2014
Officers of Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) loyal to the ousted President Viktor Yanukovich have hacked phones of Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Paet and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and leaked their conversation to the web. The officials discuss their impressions of what’s happening in the country after the revolution. The gist of it is that Ukrainian people have no trust in any of the leaders of Maidan.
However the most striking thing of all is the fact which concerns the use of force during the revolution, particularly the snipers who killed both protesters and officers of the riot police. Mr. Paet reveals astonishing information which confirms the rumours that the snipers were employed by the leaders of Maidan.
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What Estonian Urmas Paet says to Catherine Ashton, “so that there is stronger and stronger understanding that behind snipers it was not Yanukovych but somebody from the new coalition”, is a gigantic assertion. One would think that Ms. Ashton would reply to Mr. Paet with something like, “My God! You can’t be serious!” instead of the words she used in reply: “well, that’s .. yeh.” Earlier in the call Ms. Ashton said (talking about advice to persons in the new government), “you have to go and lay flowers where the people died. You have to show that you understand what YOU HAVE, (and here she alters her sentence) what has happened here.” This phone call is absolutely shocking, cannot be ignored, and supplies reason for a criminal investigation.
There is no honour among thieves, only theft.
One government – legal or illegal, just as corrupt at the next one – legal or illegal. I don’t think Ashton and the EU still understand what is happening. And as for the IMF…stay as far away from it as you can get. I-nstant M-isery F-ollows. Ukrainians will be paying for many years to come and regret it even longer. And the poor will be even poorer and the rich…by now we know how this ‘song’ goes.
I guess ‘the ugly American’ is still alive and well. Taking the moral high road while preaching from the pulpit of hypocrisy.
I see no substantial strategic difference between the present US/NATO incursions to establish ever more menacing missile threats, and the Cuban crisis ~ were Moscow in Washington’s shoes and NATO the badged as the Warsaw Pact, how would the situation be read?
This is clearly an attempted coup de grace by the “west.” The miscalculation is that post-Syria the US neocon agenda should still be adhered to. This fixation on (full-spectrum) dominance is utterly bereft of sanity. It is infantile war-game fantasy. If the US were really committed to a “legitimate” multi-polar world-imperium, it would reconsider its modus operandi and options.
Russia’s knee-jerk behaviour in the Black Sea is just a “red herring.”
All the while the real threat is being judiciously ignored, the nuclear apocalypse in Japan.
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If you want to see an interview with Putin on the events in the Ukraine, you can read it in English on the President of Russia’s website, http://eng.kremlin.ru/news/6763
Here is a video: http://lockerz.com/u/dandelionsalad/decalz/27669137/full_video_putin_speaks_ukraine_yanuko?ref=dandelionsalad