Vice President Biden tells Yanukovich of concern over Ukraine election

WASHINGTON Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:24pm EST

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign rally in Sterling, Virginia November 5, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign rally in Sterling, Virginia November 5, 2012.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden voiced concerns about Ukraine's electoral process when speaking with the country's president, Viktor Yanukovich, on Tuesday, the White House said.

Yanukovich, who is facing an impeachment threat after Ukraine's disputed October 28 election, had sent a congratulatory message after Biden and President Barack Obama won re-election last week, according to the White House. Biden then spoke with Yanukovich on Tuesday.

"Noting the strong interest of the United States in enhancing its relationship with Ukraine, the Vice President voiced concerns over Ukraine's recent parliamentary elections," according to the statement summarizing the call. "He also urged Ukraine to live up to its democratic commitments and end selective prosecutions."

On Monday Ukraine's three major opposition parties threatened the president of the former Soviet republic with impeachment.

The European Union has criticized Ukraine's prosecution of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, calling her case an example of selective justice. The EU has also raised concerns about vote counting in the October parliamentary election that reinstated control over parliament for Yanukovich's Party of the Regions.

Yanukovich has shrugged off international criticism of the election, which opposition politicians say involved vote-rigging.

(Reporting By Lisa Lambert; Editing by Eric Walsh)

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DeanMJackson wrote:
The caption reads, “Vice President Biden tells Yanukovich of concern over Ukraine election”

Concern over Ukraine elections only occurring now? Where has the United States been since the fraudulent “collapse” of the USSR, as the Ukrainian “electorate” (and Russian “electorate”) have only been electing for president Soviet era Communist Party Quislings? Such Quislings, if the collapse of the USSR were legitimate and not a strategic ruse, couldn’t get elected dog catcher let alone president. Such persons would have been shunned socially, or in the case of Putin and Yeltsin, arrested immediately after the “collapse” of the USSR in the interests of national security.

Take a look at whom the “freed” Ukrainians and Russians “elected” president since the “collapse” of the USSR:

Ukrainian presidents since the “collapse” of the USSR:

Leonid Makarovych Kravchuk, December 5, 1991 – July 19, 1994, joined Ukraine Communist Party in 1958.

Leonid Danylovych Kuchma, July 19, 1994 – January 23, 2005, Communist, 1960.

Viktor Andriyovych Yushchenko, January 23, 2005 – February 25, 2010, Communist, 1980.

Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych, February 25, 2010 – Present, Communist, 1980.

Russian presidents since the “collapse” of the USSR:

Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin – July 10, 1991 – December 31, 1999 – Communist.

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin – 31 December 1999 – 7 May 2000 (Acting) and May 7, 2000 – May 7, 2008 – Communist.

Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev – May 7, 2008 – May 7, 2012, during his studies at the University he joined the Communist Party.

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin – May 7, 2012 – Present, Communist.

All Soviet era Communist Party member Quislings! Not only that, but Lenin’s tomb still resides in Red Square! It was never destroyed, as was the Berlin Wall. Imagine that, the man responsible for the persecution of the 90%+ of Russians who never were Communist Party members still exists! Can you imagine the newly freed American colonists allowing statues of George III to still stand in the newly freed America? Or, can you imagine Americans after the American revolution was won electing for governor of the 13 new states persons who were Loyalists during the American revolution? Of course those inexplicable behaviors never occurred in America after the defeat of the British, yet the “electorates” of the “former” USSR are the FIRST in recorded history to place back in power those who persecuted them for 74 years!

Ladies and gentlemen, can it be any clearer that the “collapse” of the USSR was a strategic ruse, as will be the upcoming “collapse” of the Chinese Communist government?

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