Putin signs Crimea treaty as Ukraine serviceman dies in attack

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onewire wrote:

wtf

Mar 17, 2014 11:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
onewire wrote:

Obama showing strong leadership again (not)

Mar 17, 2014 11:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Laster wrote:

We’re bringing more cookies, but none for Russia.

Mar 17, 2014 11:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

A pending Iran-Israel war might soon be about to make the Crimea problem look mild. Here’s why: HAARETZ –” Israeli Defense minister says the United States has projected weakness the world over, from China through the Mideast to Ukraine. “Based on his evaluation that the United States isn’t going to do anything to frustrate the Iranian nuclear program, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Monday he’s changed his mind and now leans toward supporting unilateral Israeli action against Iran” according to the Israeli newspaper.

Mar 17, 2014 12:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
skas wrote:

Putin got the established fact. Obama failed to prevent it and almost lost. It will be hard to reverse the fact once established because it has already become a historical record for Russia. No one including Obama can revise this history unless defeating Russia by war.

Mar 18, 2014 4:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
michaelwind wrote:

crimea is part of russia,next the rest of ukraine,……

Mar 18, 2014 6:19am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Montpessat wrote:

Hey, Putin is just celebrating the 100th year anniversary of World War I in his own way. No one ever said it was easy being Russia’s neighbor.

Mar 18, 2014 6:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
hicks16 wrote:

I have no liking for Putin, but as the Crimea was handed over to Ukraine by a Soviet dictator; then there is as much a question of Ukrainian legitimacy, as there is over the Crimea’s return to Russia.

At least the Crimean Russians were given a referendum over their destiny; while we in the UK are being refused one over our nation’s destiny when it comes to our membership of the European Union

Mar 18, 2014 7:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
thedoor34 wrote:

Why no cookies for Russia? The US is already in over its head in debt to China. They don’t need war.They should mind their business in the US.

Mar 18, 2014 7:48am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Obama was elected by 97% of black Americans. Was that fraud?

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wjj324 wrote:

didn’t hilter start out the same way & the world stood by & did nothing. look how that turn out

Mar 18, 2014 8:07am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Obamas little drone toys, and drone killings don’t work against a real army. I saw that Russia has already brought down one of Obamas drone toys.

Mar 18, 2014 8:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
johnschlutz wrote:

Powerful leader….so that’s what a strong leader looks like….Ive been looking at a gay clown the last 5 years…

Mar 18, 2014 8:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
johnschlutz wrote:

Powerful leader….so that’s what a strong leader looks like….Ive been looking at a gay clown the last 5 years…

Mar 18, 2014 8:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MladenA wrote:

And this is what Obama’s incompetence triggered in Israel:
Ya’alon shifts stance, leans toward Israeli operation in Iran
http://www.madisdead.blogspot.co.il/2014/03/yaalon-shifts-stance-leans-toward.html

Mar 18, 2014 8:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
johnschlutz wrote:

Wish Putin would annex Florida..tired of OBAMAS lies on OBAMACARE and IRS BENZAGHI NSA.etc

Mar 18, 2014 8:48am EDT  --  Report as abuse
TruthFair wrote:

Putin himself was not on the blacklist….. what a joke!!!

Mar 18, 2014 9:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse

The definition of Feckless: see Barack Obama on Wikipedia.
The definition of Tyrant: see Vladimir Putin
The definition of Circus: see Ukraine

Mar 18, 2014 9:23am EDT  --  Report as abuse
kommy wrote:

If US Congress cannot figure with whom they are dealing in Ukraine, and not giving long-promised 1 billion dollars (one month Ukrainian pensions payout), why Russians should be any better?

Mar 18, 2014 9:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BanglaFirst wrote:

US,EU and the free World must impose far stronger sanctions on Russia for this vile act because this devil Putin cannot be stopped with light weight sanctions like Nevil Chamberlain when he was dealing with aggressive Germany. Quicken the pace of talks with Iran so that after you can pump Iranian + Iraqi+Central Asian Oil & Gas via existing pipeline via Turkey to Europe so that after you can turn off Russian Gas as these revenues feeds Russian arrogance.

Mar 18, 2014 9:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BanglaFirst wrote:

US,EU and the free World must impose far stronger sanctions on Russia for this vile act because this devil Putin cannot be stopped with light weight sanctions like Nevil Chamberlain when he was dealing with aggressive Germany. Quicken the pace of talks with Iran so that after you can pump Iranian + Iraqi+Central Asian Oil & Gas via existing pipeline via Turkey to Europe so that after you can turn off Russian Gas as these revenues feeds Russian arrogance.

Mar 18, 2014 9:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Mott wrote:

This Leadership, just stands out.

Mar 18, 2014 10:00am EDT  --  Report as abuse
unionwv wrote:

At least there is comic relief.

The chief showman Obama sent the court jester Biden to cheer up Poland …

Mar 18, 2014 10:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
React wrote:

“….and said he was sure Germans would support the Russian people’s quest for reunification, just as Russia had supported German reunification in 1990″

…….

Mar 18, 2014 10:16am EDT  --  Report as abuse
gcf1965 wrote:

You know obama is peeing his pants. He is now clueless how to procede after someone calls his bluff. If only the US conservatives would have this kind of fortitude and courage.

Mar 18, 2014 10:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
QuidProQuo wrote:

In my opinion, if and when Crimea is annexed, it will certainly be one of the most peaceful and accepted by the will of the people annexations I’ve ever witnessed. I don’t believe Putin has any desire to go in to Ukraine with military might and bravado just to trounce on them to prove he is stronger and better equippped. Crimea is Russia’s Park place monopoly play and rightly so he deserves to have that piece back. I personally think that PUtin’s number one concern is protecting Russia’s borders from any overflow of societal and civil unrest that may occur in Ukraine. Let’s face it, there’s not one country yet where there has been a government overthrow that hasn’t had radical militants swarm to the area and do everything within their power to create anarchy, fear and discord. I suspect that unless Ukraine’s moderate factions nip it in the bud now, they too are going to be in for some real struggles down the road. Those that overthrew the government, got what they wanted- a divorce from Russia. Putin says, okay, marriage over. Let’s move on and not look back. Have fun with your new partners, just don’t expect any monetary support or special treatments anymore. Divorce decree signed and sealed.

Mar 18, 2014 10:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ajsfca wrote:

It is so disappointing and annoying to see what Barack Obama’s crowd has done and continues to do to the peoples of this planet for the sake of their own power-lust. What a twisted, sinister and treacherous bunch.

Mar 18, 2014 10:31am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Billinva wrote:

Unlike Obama, Putin never confuses words with action.

Mar 18, 2014 10:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Marla wrote:

That so many here seem to believe that the USA should wear the title of “World Police,” is a fantastic example of what is so very wrong with our culture.

Mar 18, 2014 10:36am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ofilha wrote:

This is is the ultimate reality show. Real estate transactions, possibly war, spies, tycoons being slapped with sanctions, and Putin assuring us that Ukraine will not be partitioned. Sounds like the housewives of New York City.

Mar 18, 2014 10:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
moweddell wrote:

Here is an interesting senario. Example: if the citizens of Texas vote to sucede from the USA, then is it a violation of “international” law? I suppose we should consider that Texas would be either be invaded by the USA, or would they be protected by the USA? The Crimea has been in political chaos for decades. It is true that the vast majority of its citizens are indeed considered “Russian”, however, the decision should be made by its own citizens, which apparantly was accomplished by vote. The vote for independence was historically similar to the colonial Americans decision to sever its relationship with England. Then, like now, it must be backed up by either diplomacy, the best possibility, or military intervention for resolution. Note that I don’t hear any discussion from the “Western” countries about letting the actual citizens themselves decide. We (USA) are now in a position of impotency, only complaining and nibbling around the edges with feble sanctions. This conflict was a lost cause from the beginning when Obama was elected!!! Perhaps we should meet the crisis with our own expansion of states from countries who want annexation to the USA. If Russia can annex countries why can’t we? (Don’t take all of this seriously)

Mar 18, 2014 11:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse
UauS wrote:

@ofilha wrote: “This is is the ultimate reality show.”
This would have been if the real people’s lives weren’t at stake and if Putin didn’t have full pockets of nuclear weapons… This is a small world nowadays pal.

Mar 18, 2014 11:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

Who cares about Crimea. These are Russians anyway. Anyone itching for a fight, should put on their boots and go get in a fight. Not a U.S. problem.

Mar 18, 2014 11:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse

It is getting REALLY awkward to see all these conservatives fawning, to the point of arousal, over Putin’s actions. PUTIN, the ex-KGB dictator at the heart of the former Soviet empire. All because they perceive him to be making Obama look “weak”.

Apparently “strength”, to them, is rushing headfirst into military conflict with zero foresight and zero consideration to the cost and consequences of such action. Just like ol’ Bush – he got us tangled up in two wars without even THINKING about it. Yeah, that’s tough, that’s manly! (My word, I’m getting hot under the collar just imagining the death and destruction we could be causing if we had a MAN like Putin or Bush in the Oval Office.)

1.1. Meanwhile, rationale Americans are breathing a sigh of relief we no longer have a half-brained cowboy president, one that can’t be egged on by neocon warmongers taking potshots from the sidelines. Thank god we have a president who’s learned from our past mistakes, and is wisely approaching this situation with prudence. Me, I’m looking forward to internal chaos from economic pressures forcing Putin to foolishly retreat, with zero expenditure from the US military service men and women, who have sacrificed ENOUGH over the last decade.

Mar 18, 2014 11:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Louieloueye wrote:

How do oil pipelines, the IMF and the Western banking cabal all meet in Ukraine?

To unpack any international event requires an ever-expanding awareness of the history, economics, resource and trade dynamics of the countries involved. Knowing where to look for clues helps reveal the similarities in seemingly unrelated events. It is helpful to understand the history of the global banking system, which is relevant no matter what country or issue you are trying to unravel.

It’s the same scene being enacted again. Is this starting to get old, this story? Every month or so, there’s a new country that just happens to be having these civil disturbances and the IMF just happens to be offering them a big loan which will completely take over that country and their resources will then belong to the world bank or to the U.S. or U.K. or whatever. You know the scenario because I wouldn’t have enough fingers to lay out just in the last few years all the countries that this has happened to. But, as I’m trying to make sense of it now, the U.S. is pretending that it’s not invading and blaming Russia for doing that. Meanwhile, if you listen to Kerry and Obama, it’s very belligerent, macho talk: “If you do this, you’re going to regret it” and “We’re not taking anything off the table” and all that kind of stuff. So, why are we even dealing with a country or an area (I don’t like thinking in terms of countries a whole lot), but that area, those people, why are we even dealing with that?

What if the people of the region of Ukraine were forgiven their predatory fiat debts and then actually left alone — free of “super-power” bullying and grabbing?

It turns out that if you look at a map of Ukraine, a tremendous amount of their border borders Russia and Russia is a real concern for NATO and so you’ve already got missiles in Poland (that took them a decade, but they’re there) and the Russians hate it. Now, if they can basically take over control and they will but financially…World War III has been going on for quite a while, it’s just financial. It’s too obvious if you just start going in and blowing stuff up in many cases. For instance, with Iraq, we wanted their oil. Even more, we wanted their Central Bank. We wanted them not to be selling oil for gold because that would undermine the Petro Dollar and start the U.S. on the collision course toward being a third world country, which is accelerating very rapidly now. So, I think the main interest of the U.S is to go in and economically take over that country so that then they’ll have the ability to keep Russia from doing it and also to threaten Russia more.

So, why would Russia care about it? Russia made a deal with Ukraine during the collapse of the Soviet Union that if Ukraine would get rid of its nuclear weapons, then Russia would promise never to bring soldiers across the border without being invited. It’s a beautiful story. Ukraine destroyed all of their nuclear weapons and then they filled in all of the silos and ceremonially planted flowers on top of them. Now, the Russian troops are moving in.

So why is Russia so interested in Ukraine again? Ukraine has tremendous oil resources and gold and all sorts of other things and three of the four major pipelines from Russia going to Eastern Europe run right through Ukraine. If Russia were to lose control of those pipelines, or worse still, if Ukraine was really free to develop their oil fields, then it would be more convenient for Europe to buy from them. That’s a huge percentage of the Russian GDP, selling their oil to Europe.

Mar 18, 2014 11:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
westernshame wrote:

moweddell wrote:

“Here is an interesting senario. Example: if the citizens of Texas vote to sucede from the USA…..”

lets compare apples to apples though. if we were to make this a somewhat more realistic comparison, lets say just prior to Texas’s vote a pro Russian/Chinese uprising took place in Washington. the elected government was forced to flee to Mexico/Canada and a pro Russian/Chinese interim government was put in place and started making deals and pacts with Russia and China without holding proper elections.

would this change your opinion of Texas’s right to choose?

Mar 18, 2014 11:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
anarcurt wrote:

Russia took Crimea because they are weak. Putin needed this easy victory to restoke nationalistic pride. But taking Crimea does nothing but hurt Russia in the long run. Ukraine couldn’t join NATO as long as it had a foreign naval base on it’s territory. Now that territory is Russian leaving the rest of the country open to NATO expansion. Russia’s warm water port means nothing if it is surrounded by an inevitably NATO Ukraine and a NATO Turkey. And of course with NATO already expanded to the Balkans this will hem in Russia permanently. Europe and the US have to act angry but in the long run this plays right in to their hands (heck the anger makes it easier to bring the rest of Ukraine in the fold…to protect them from the big bad bear).

Mar 18, 2014 11:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

Russia takes Crimea back, wakes up still the drunkest poorest developed nation in the world.

Ok, back to the drawing board :)

Mar 18, 2014 12:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Macedonian wrote:

Putin my hero

Mar 18, 2014 12:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Macedonian wrote:

Yhe biggest threat to the world islamization of secular Turkey is taking place by a true radical dictator with no reactions from the “democratic” west

Mar 18, 2014 12:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sarkozyrocks wrote:

@Westernshame: well said.

Mar 18, 2014 12:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Warhawk wrote:

Putin is a trained spy who knows how to take advantage of the west. His position in Russia is that of a thinly veiled dictator, his decisions are quickly carried out without any debate or deliberations. The west is quite the opposite, still a democracy, debates, deliberations make decision making slow, add to that business interests and you have a gridlock. Ukraine may be the first step for Putin, next step, Kalinningrad. How is Lithuania on minorities? Weak sanctions… will they embolden Putin, or is he good to go? Who knows… Russians are totally unpredictable, just wondering why is the US growing another foe such as China. Will China take Putin’s example for some annexation in coming years – and how powerless will the western world be to stop them I wonder.

Mar 18, 2014 12:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bugzy wrote:

Well done Sir Putin……You are the greatest! To annex a part of another country without a major fight is amazing. Some people might say he’s bad but hey, the UK, Germany, France and the U.S can’t really say they are 100% good. The U.S and the rest need to work more with Russia and engage Russia about ways to annex the West’s way next time. Ukraine lost it but Russia found it, the west can’t order it to be given back. Obama should lead by example and travel to Russia to tell Putin that Crimea is his last free pass and then kiss and make up.

Mar 18, 2014 12:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
CK2 wrote:

“Russian President Vladimir Putin, defying Ukrainian protests and Western sanctions, signed a treaty on Tuesday making Crimea part of Russia but said he did not plan to seize any other regions of Ukraine.”

Wasn’t there some guy in the 1940s who said that all he wanted was the Sudetenland and nothing else?

Mar 18, 2014 12:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
CK2 wrote:

“Russian President Vladimir Putin, defying Ukrainian protests and Western sanctions, signed a treaty on Tuesday making Crimea part of Russia but said he did not plan to seize any other regions of Ukraine.”

Wasn’t there some guy in the 1940s who said that all he wanted was the Sudetenland and nothing else?

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Renox wrote:

You should read article: IMF Vultures Swoop to Asset-Strip Ukraine

http://www.infowars.com/imf-vultures-swoop-to-asset-strip-ukraine/

Mar 18, 2014 12:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Loucleve wrote:

Come on Reuters, get on the ball. The next domino is tumbling already:

The Next One: Moldova’s Transnistria Region Said To Seek Russian Accession

Many had feared (or expected), fallout from Crimea’s referendum and subsequent accession to Russia may embolden ethnic minorities in many bordering nations to seek self-determination. It appears that is taking place in Moldova where Vedomosti reports that Mikhail Burla, head of the Transnistria region’s legislature, has asked Russia’s Duma for draft laws on accession to Russia to be altered to allow the region to join. The timing of this move is surreal as headlines appeared this morning that Europe is looking to speed up its “association” with Moldova. In a 2006 referendum, over 97% of Transnistrians voted to join Russia…

Mar 18, 2014 12:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Zuhalter wrote:

He does not plan on seizing anymore of Ukraine… until he is has fabricated another reason to! Sending troops to annex foreign lands under the guise of cultural reunification – for example, Anschluss – is exactly what Hitler did too. In Sudetenland, they even had ethnically German local militias armed with German equipment, ready to go when the Nazis marched in in 1938. Sound familiar? How much you wanna bet there are more ethnic Russian shadow militias elsewhere in eastern Ukraine, just like in Crimea, waiting for Putin to invent more false atrocities and spring into action?

Mar 18, 2014 12:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BanglaFirst wrote:

@CK2: Well said

Mar 18, 2014 12:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

We must be pretty bored as a society if Crimean russians…. voting to be russian…. is the biggest scariest thing we can think of. I really could not care less who fixes Crimean pot-holes.

Mar 18, 2014 12:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
0okm9ijn wrote:

“Don’t believe those who try to frighten you with Russia and who scream that other regions will follow after Crimea,” Putin said. “We do not want a partition of Ukraine. We do not need this.” I hope Putin believes his statement.

Mar 18, 2014 12:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
xcanada2 wrote:

Putin sounds like a straight talker, and we need a lot more of that in the world, than what our BS-ing leaders give us. See http://rt.com/news/putin-address-parliament-crimea-562/ .

Putin says: The West hates our independence. How much more true that sounds than our leaders waning mantra: “They hate our freedom”. Putin sounds real, our guys just like another Madison Ave knockoff.

As I understand it, the Middle East terror threat business is waring off in America. So, corporations need another side-show, Russia has worked before, so why not again. Only problem: Putin looks so much more interested in his people than our leaders in us. How to make Putin look so bad, when actually it is our leaders who are so bad. (Kiev Maidan shooters, anybody?)

American “leaders”–Obama, Kerry, Nuland (even), McCain, Boehner, Reid, and on down–, are just our corporate representatives. And, we know that corporations are professional liars. They even lie to themselves, thinking that they are wonderful leaders. But, on behalf of whom. Lying is part of their MO. They have even changed the law so that lying is required behavior. (Clapper: I told the least lie possible, under the law). Being a corporate chief, you could get sued by your shareholders for revealing inconvenient truths. Americans, as a group, can no longer tell up from down.

BTW Reuters: “Seize” is obviously not the correct word for what has happened in Crimea, and that choice of words here is just another corporate lie. However, since the word is in play, try using it for what the West has wrought in Kiev.

The West seizure of Kiev which installed an unelected, undemocratic, somewhat fascist, coup government, is clearly what has caused the crisis in Ukraine. Fortunately for world peace, they have been thwarted in their push on Crimea. I’ll wager that if democracy were to return to Ukraine, the West would be kicked out, and rightly so.

Mar 18, 2014 1:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Canela wrote:

Putin is the new Hitler

Mar 18, 2014 1:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Aretino wrote:

“Putin signs Crimea treaty, will not seize other Ukraine regions”

That sure has a familiar ring to it. Where have we heard something like that before?

Mar 18, 2014 1:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sjfella wrote:

I love seeing other countries bitc-slap Obama for all the world to see.

Mar 18, 2014 1:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

Yes, Canela. Had Poland, France and the Netherlands voted in a referendum to be part of Germany in 1939….. Putin would be the new Hitler.

As it stands however, does landslide local voting in a non-violent election really look like a blitzkrieg to you guys? Crimeans are predominantly and culturally russian…. let them be russian. Who cares.

Mar 18, 2014 1:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Robert76 wrote:

onewire – what would you have President Obama do? Start World War 3. I would prefer diplomacy over wars with countries that have nuclear weapons. Since we cannot count on the rest of the world to back us, it would be pretty much us against the Russians Not sure that is a war we want while we are still hurting over 11 years of war in Iraq and Afganistan.

Mar 18, 2014 1:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
UauS wrote:

According to the last Russian census, there are more than 2.1 million Ukrainians living in Russia. So what about them? Can they freely speak Ukrainian in Russia, or they are “forced” to speak Russian instead?..

Mar 18, 2014 1:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
inMyView wrote:

The reason Pres. V.Putin grabbed far off Crimea is … Is there a reason for this ?

Mar 18, 2014 1:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Slammy wrote:

This seems like a sensible non-violent way to handle a situation. Now can the people of Chechnya and Northern Syria hold similar referendums?

Mar 18, 2014 1:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
carlmartel wrote:

President Putin has retaken the Russian Riviera that is 1 degree of latitude (70 miles) north of the French Riviera and enjoys about the same climate. At present, Crimea is linked by road and rail ferries across the Strait of Kerch, but a two mile road and rail bridge can be built. Some have complained about the 97% vote, but they overlook the 20% in the Tater community who boycotted the election. 97% of 80% is 77.6%. Russia remains at war with muslim rebels in the southern Caucasus, so muslim Taters would likely have reduced the yes vote to less than 80%. Add the $500 billion in foreign currency reserves that Russia has gained under Putin, Russia’s 1.3% GDP growth rate versus the EU’s 0.3%, and the world’s biggest oil and gas station in Russian Siberia that sits next door to the world’s biggest car market in China, and the Crimeans wisely decided that returning to Russia was better than remaining in the broken economy of Ukraine.

In the past 20 years, the West has created three economic crises, fought two disastrous and expensive wars, conducted numerous costly interventions with ultimately harmful results. Now, it plans to adopt an impoverished region that will need hundreds of billions of dollars to rebuild. Further, the West must buy Russian gas while it seeks alternatives that will be more expensive. While it does this, Russia and China can compete against the US with the sale of refined petrochemicals that give the US profits in dollars while volumes of imported crude oil increase. Since Russia produces crude oil, both allies can undercut US prices and still make high profit margins for themselves. Russia and China will take market share and profits away from the US in refined petroleum products.

The sanctions war will work against the US and EU.

Mar 18, 2014 1:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Fromkin wrote:

@warhawk

“…his decisions are quickly carried out without any debate or deliberations…”

Obama’s decision to overthrow the democratically elected president of Ukraine was debated or deliberated where?

Mar 18, 2014 1:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Whatsgoingon wrote:

Wow truly efficient planning and execution. Our WOTs last over a decade, quadrupled oil price and revived Russia from the death bed. Now Putin nabbed the pearl of Black Sea in a few weeks without firing a shot. Should our leaders be required to get a Russian degree?

If you paid attention to Putin’s speech, his mentioning of China received loud applause. Did we give another gift to the Chinese?

Mar 18, 2014 1:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Fromkin wrote:

This is not over yet. The people of Ukraine must FREELY elect their leaders FREE of Nuland’s, Samantha Power’s, John McCain’s meddling. Otherwise this case would be back in Putin’s court. We all know he is a no nonsense judge.

Mar 18, 2014 1:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
UScitizentoo wrote:

>urging Washington and Brussels to extend the visa ban and
>asset freeze to all its members.
Ukrainian partisans can solve this all by themselves with a box of dynamite. Implement their own sanctions, dynamite sanctions. Blow up the pipeleines and completely destroy all gas delivery systems that are on Ukrainian land. Russia will collapse in 6 months into a smoldering heap of angry gangsters and flea bitten prostitutes.

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sabrefencer wrote:

Putinism wins. Maybe, also the Russians in the Crimea….First, Georgia, now the Ukraine. All Obama and mal administration can do, is stand before the cameras and audition for a new info commercial. The steps towards WW3, have begun to be taken….

Mar 18, 2014 2:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
1voice wrote:

don’t treaties require “two” nations? or can a single nation sign a treaty with itself?

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SaveRMiddle wrote:

@XCanada2…..You have nailed it. Great post.

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Whatsgoingon wrote:

@UScitizentoo “Blow up the pipeleines and completely destroy all gas delivery systems that are on Ukrainian land. Russia will collapse in 6 months into a smoldering heap of angry gangsters and flea bitten prostitutes.”

Have you worked in the US government? This sounds like our bible of decision making – maximizing damage to others without thinking about ourselves. We created Bin Laden to fight against the Soviets then borrowed trillions from the Chinese to remove him. Our $5B project stirring up Ukraine resulted in a puppet government running a crippled country. It’ll be interesting to see where the tab ends.

Now our new “sanction…” while, you might know better where that goes.

Mar 18, 2014 2:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
daniel3125 wrote:

“This is not over yet. The people of Ukraine must FREELY elect their leaders FREE of Nuland’s, Samantha Power’s, John McCain’s meddling. Otherwise this case would be back in Putin’s court. We all know he is a no nonsense judge.”

They’ll have the same choice Americans get. European Stooge #1 or European Stooge #2. You decide!

Mar 18, 2014 2:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
daniel3125 wrote:

“lets compare apples to apples though. if we were to make this a somewhat more realistic comparison, lets say just prior to Texas’s vote a pro Russian/Chinese uprising took place in Washington. the elected government was forced to flee to Mexico/Canada and a pro Russian/Chinese interim government was put in place and started making deals and pacts with Russia and China without holding proper elections.”

People never seem to want to apply the actions in reverse. You couldn’t get certain states to secede fast enough if China/Russia somehow convinced a group here to take over the federal government due to the very real corruption that permeates our federal branches.

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kkong164 wrote:

I have no further territorial demands in Europe.

Sound familiar?

Mar 18, 2014 2:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JoeObserver wrote:

If it were Syria or Libya or Iraq, the USA would have already sent troops without even waiting for the UN approval. But when it comes to facing a stronger opponent, they start jetting around the world in the name of diplomacy. People will see USA sending troops to weaker countries as cowardice act.

Mar 18, 2014 2:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JoeObserver wrote:

If it were Syria or Libya or Iraq, the USA would have already sent troops without even waiting for the UN approval. But when it comes to facing a stronger opponent, they start jetting around the world in the name of diplomacy. People will see USA sending troops to weaker countries as cowardice act.

Mar 18, 2014 2:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JoeObserver wrote:

If it were Syria or Libya or Iraq, the USA would have already sent troops without even waiting for the UN approval. But when it comes to facing a stronger opponent, they start jetting around the world in the name of diplomacy. People will see USA sending troops to weaker countries as cowardice act.

Mar 18, 2014 2:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dcayman wrote:

Obama is Chamberlain and Putin is…. History repeats…

Mar 18, 2014 2:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bugzy wrote:

Please do not compare Putin with Hitler! Hitler was a bloodthirsty psychotic lunatic. Putin saw an opportunity and took it. Blame it all on Ukraine….never destabilise your country just because you want a new government.
Obama needs to be friends with Putin as he can learn more about leadership from Putin. Come on Russia……spend the oil & gas money to make Russia a country to truly envy.

Mar 18, 2014 3:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

“Live Coverage of the Crisis in Crimea.”

Crisis? I’m sure if you were in Denver on Super Bowl night, that felt like a ‘crisis’ too. But not everything you feel….. is.

Mar 18, 2014 3:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
RMax304823 wrote:

When, oh when, will everything that happens in the universe finally stop being Obama’s fault?

And, mon Dieu, can we please lay off the Hitler/Chamberlain analyses?

They’ve become so constant and reflexive that they’re just noise in the system.

Mar 18, 2014 3:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Lowell_Thinks wrote:

“USofRationality wrote:
1.1. Meanwhile, rationale Americans are breathing a sigh of relief we no longer have a half-brained cowboy president…”

If we had a president who wasn’t a wuss like you, Putin would never have invaded the Crimea.

Mar 18, 2014 3:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
uffdatx wrote:

Mr. Putin, when is the Russian Federation going to let Chechnya, Dagestan, and the other parts of the Russian Federation that want to leave have a binding referendum. What a hypocrit!

Mar 18, 2014 3:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bugzy wrote:

Why don’t the U.S annex Afghanistan, Iraq or some island close to them? I guess Russia won’t sanction anybody. I think China is the most peaceful country yet as they don’t meddle in crappy stuff.
Russia has the greatest ally in China

Mar 18, 2014 3:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
RandomName2nd wrote:

Comparing Putin to Hitler for standing up to an extremist “government” formed by a military coup sponsored by the west could only be the work of a western shill, or a simpleton.
Reading the comments on this article tells me that the world is doomed due purely to the gullibility of it’s citizens.
So many easily led yokels will swallow any drivel pumped out by our propaganda press. Critical think is dead.

Mar 18, 2014 3:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
echtogammut wrote:

Can we now implement economically punitive sanctions on Russia, i.e. the natural gas and oil?

For the idiots spouting the crap about Obama’s leadership, please take a few economics classes and learn about the cost of military intervention. Neither the US nor the EU can afford to intervene, hell we can’t even offer “aid” packages that approach what Russian and China are tossing around the world over. The US is a toothless tiger, we have a tremendous military, but no money to move it around.

Mar 18, 2014 3:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JamVee wrote:

To be honest, if the Crimean voters want it, and Russia wants it, and the Ukraine, in the midst of trying to form an entirely new government which the Crimean’s totally oppose . . . Why would we want to stop it?

If Crimea wakes up in 10 years to realized they made a huge mistake . . . Who cares, “they made their own bed”!

Mar 18, 2014 3:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
willich6 wrote:

This is what you get when you put an ‘Amateur’ in the whitehouse.. A wishful thinker who wants everyone to like him – instead obama is reviled around the world as weak and indecisive.. This ‘toothless’ man who only wants peace, is in fact creating the greatest instability and opportunity for major war in the Middle East and Eastern Europe than we have seen in a 2 generations..

Remember this day; obama thru his lack of understanding of world events; his inability to influence outcomes using diplomacy; is standing on the sidelines and watching Russia slowly re-create the soviet union.. Putin will move on Moldovia, then the Balkan countries, then Eastern Europe – strong arming them into the ‘Russian economic union’ – that will be just the 1st step in Putin’s journey back – and he will accomplish it without firing a shot..
And China seeing that there is ‘no price to pay’ will do the same in Asia..

Mar 18, 2014 3:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
grassroot wrote:

And Hitler promised Chamberlain that all he wanted was
to rescue the Germans in the Sudetanland. Really, that’s all.

Mar 18, 2014 4:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jabberwolf wrote:

Start fracking and looking for natural gas in Ukraine and EU.
Then cut off electricity and gas to Cremia. Let Russia give them subsidized crap. Done deal, now Russia is literally paying for their aggresssion.

Mar 18, 2014 4:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Whatsgoingon wrote:

@echtogammut “The US is a toothless tiger, we have a tremendous military, but no money to move it around.”

Not so simple. We still have the largest economy. Problem is where we spend our money. GWB entertained us with WOT and WMD-hunting game, the BO sold us on “Cadillac healthcare.” Bottomline we still have loads of money, it’s a matter of priority. It takes about $15B to settle Ukraine, yet we just wasted $24B in the “ACA readiness” debate. Before we have laws holding traitors accountable nothing will change.

Mar 18, 2014 4:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
pdavis68 wrote:

So I guess it’s okay if they want to be part of Russia. But if they don’t want to be part of Assad’s Syria, screw ‘em.

Mar 18, 2014 4:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
pdavis68 wrote:

So I guess it’s okay if they want to be part of Russia. But if they don’t want to be part of Assad’s Syria, screw ‘em.

Mar 18, 2014 4:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ofilha wrote:

The Ukrainians seem to just keep on overreaching. So the death of one Ukrainian soldier, however sad and unfortunate, constitutes a war crime? They want the west to get into this fight and do the fighting, the dying, and the paying for Ukrainians.

Mar 18, 2014 4:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jabberwolf wrote:

@crittertron
One because Obama has lied about Benghazi, has had little or no investigation of the IRS or gun running in Arizona, (whether intentional or not) has raised the price of HC substantially to cover many fewer than he promised at a much larger expense than he promised.
Obama also never too USSR agression seriously and even joked about it. Maybe, had he not joked about it and gave/created clear consequences, Russia would not have invaded Cremia.

I truly hope the next president that is elected allows REAL investigations and we can prosecute Obama. No man or woman, regardless of their posisiton should be allowed to break the law and steal from the American people to give to his close personal friends.

Mar 18, 2014 4:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Butch_from_PA wrote:

The empire builders will now be bolder. What next – Gaza, Syria, Japan fishing waters, the Antartic?

We will soon see some escalations with frictional borders as Americans finally settles back to lick their wounds from a decade of wasted money and blood in the Middle East.

Mar 18, 2014 4:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Butch_from_PA wrote:

The empire builders will now be bolder. What next – Gaza, Syria, Japan fishing waters, the Antartic?

We will soon see some escalations with frictional borders as Americans finally settles back to lick their wounds from a decade of wasted money and blood in the Middle East.

Mar 18, 2014 4:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
yvonmoua wrote:

Vodka is bitter, AK 47 is better to lick.

Mar 18, 2014 4:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
nigelcairns wrote:

why wasn’t Obama or Kerry the first casualty in the mess they have caused? Because they were in hiding a long way away.

Mar 18, 2014 4:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
IreneGor wrote:

Why are you lying again, Reuters?….

It was a man from the Crimean community defense volunteer group who was killed by a Ukranean sniper hiding in the building.. It was the same like it was at Maidan in Kiev, the same style of killing. But nobody from the new powers in Kiev wants to investigate these killings for some reason! You lie and distort it all!!!

Mar 18, 2014 4:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

jabberwolf complains: “Obama also never took USSR aggression seriously and even joked about it.”

Here’s another joke about it:

What is the favorite water body of conservative whiners? “Crimea River.”

A:

Mar 18, 2014 4:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Archangel123 wrote:

Once Obama said Cold war is over but for one man (Putin) it is still not over. But is cold war really over? If it is, then why do we need NATO for? To fight against North Korea and Iran??? And time and again provoking Russia with including most of the Russian neighbors in NATO, missile defense in Europe etc. I agree after dissolution of USSR, Russia (its heir) war too weak to do anything but today it is relatively strong. I don’t think anybody is willing to go for MADness (Mutually Assured Destruction) over Ukraine or other post-soviet breakup countries. US policy to expand NATO is guaranteed to backfire someday. It will not be able to go to nuclear war with Russia but the NATO treaty will compel it to.

Mar 18, 2014 5:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Kosovar wrote:

WW III long overdue

Mar 18, 2014 5:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
pyanitsa wrote:

Best outcome:

1. Crimea joins Russia
2. Ukraine elects new government, stays neutral
3. EU and Russia invest in Ukraine

Mar 18, 2014 5:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DanaAdude101 wrote:

LOL I wouldn’t call a vote at gun point a vote at all.

———————————————————
In his speech, the Russian leader lambasted Western nations for what he called hypocrisy, saying they had endorsed Kosovo’s right to self-determination and independence from Serbia but now denied Crimean’s the same rights.

YEAH about that Umm I don’t remember Using military hardware to sway the vote prior to an electoral process.

You are comparing apples to oranges, Besides all of this on the Russians part is just a smoke screen excuse to hold the only Winter Wet sea port the Russians had and were afraid to lose when they no longer held influence over the leader of the Ukraine.

The rest is nothing more than the Russians attempting to defend a shady action.

it wasn’t to reunite the Russian people because everyone knows that the Russian people are all over Mixed in the Ukraine and I haven’t seen anything in the World news showing these Russians outside the Crimea area stating they would vote for that, so you know its complete crap.

the vote percentile 95-98%,, kim jong un uses the same gun point Campaigning for the ballets I think he got 100% or close to 100% :)
And I don’t hear anyone in N-Korea complaining either.
I think the Russians are just a bit smarter about Fudging the numbers so it doesn’t look totally ridiculous.

On the Same note I would say that the US Electoral system could use an Enema too.

Mar 18, 2014 5:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Art16 wrote:

Typical Russian Czar (Ras)Putin manufactured stunt. It looks, however, that the Russian policy of stocking its border “countries” with Russians, like you stock a pond with fish, seems to have provided the Czar with the excuse he needed, as well as cutting off all internet criticism of his Majesty in Russia. It seems the Russian Peasants are still puppets of the aristocracy. Little has really changed in Russia for several centuries.

On the other side of the equation is the lackluster US foreign policy which just let it all happen. Junior High Obama and his Pinhead Flotilla have not disappointed those with no backbone, resolve, or guts, to stand up to this Russian louse. They let him get away with it, and he clearly does not have any remorse in light of “sanctions”, whatever slaps on the wrist they may be.

Russia will probably round up and shoot any Tartar opposition to their takeover, being the barbarians that they are. Perhaps a reincarnation of Genghis Khan to maul the Russians again as he did in the past would be in order. We can only wish.

Mar 18, 2014 5:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
GCGriswold wrote:

So WORLD, live with it! You’re NOT going to change anything with sanctions! LOL!

Mar 18, 2014 5:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
GCGriswold wrote:

OK!

Mar 18, 2014 5:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Lowell_Thinks wrote:
“USofRationality If we had a president who wasn’t a wuss like you, Putin would never have invaded the Crimea.”

If we had a president who was a mentally-deficient knuckle-dragging mongoloid like you, we’d be knee deep in a war over a region whose strategic purpose to the US is nil, with no exit strategy, billions of dollars swirling down the drain, dead American troops and dead Ukrainian civilians – all because you are so insecure about your own d*** size, the only thing that makes you feel like a man is sending our brave service men and women overseas to fight and die while you sit at home on the couch like the coward YOU are.

I’m the patriot who supports our troops. You’re a disgrace to America.

Mar 18, 2014 5:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mxxr wrote:

Putin-1 (won). Ukraine-0. Ukraine better get over trauma fast and start reconstructing country before the world moves on to the next crisis. or gets its energy shut off.

Mar 18, 2014 6:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Europe, be prepared, Germany may be next as Putin attempts to rebuild Russia to it’s Communist glory days.

Mar 18, 2014 6:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
oxen wrote:

The West/NATO leaders have no shame, just keep on screaming and look more naive day by day. Crimeans’ have chosen what they want, NATO greed can be put to rest for a while. If they keep whining and inciting their extremist puppets in Kiev, then Ukraine may descend into more anarchy and everyone may dash in for spoils, like West help create and support such an environment for Syria. Now all wannabe’s , extremists, Al-Qaeda, Al-Nusra are over there supporting FSA-West alliance!

Mar 18, 2014 6:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
onlyif wrote:

So funny to watch the Americans whinge about how Putin’s actions in the Crimea are “illegal”….

Iraq….Afghanistan come to mind for the rest of the world. Your moral high ground sunk beneath the waves some time ago. Perhaps you missed the memo.

Why else would you need a conference with the Polish PM…. why not Germany, France or England… Oh yeah, they do not support the level of sanctions you WISH you could apply to Putin.

I guess this is were the cracks in the NATO alliance become fissures.

Trade trumps the political goals of a hegemon.

Also… what a poor performance by Biden when giving that press conference with the Polish PM… He looks like a senile old fool who’d be lost without someone else having written what he should say.

And even then he struggled to string those words into a sentence.

Mar 18, 2014 6:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Fromkin wrote:

So true.

“In the practical application of policies, our western partners – the United States first and foremost – prefer to be guided not by international law, but by the right of strength. They believe in their exceptionalism, that they are allowed to decide on the fate of the world, that they are always right,” Putin charged.

This disregard to rule of law was evident in Yugoslavia in 1999, when NATO bombed the country without a UN Security Council mandate, the Russian president said. There was Afghanistan, Iraq and the perversion of the UNSC resolution on Libya, when instead of imposing a no-fly zone NATO bombed the country into submission.

There were also orchestrated “colored revolutions” in Europe and the Arab World, which cynically used the feelings of people tired with corruption and poverty. The latest Ukrainian events are just the latest of such actions, and Russia’s willingness to seek dialogue and compromise was stonewalled again, Putin said.

Mar 18, 2014 6:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jrpardinas wrote:

Congratulations to the great Russian nation!

The Crimeans certainly dodged a bullet.

The Western banking cartels would have bled them dry like they’ve done, and will continue to do, elsewhere in Europe (e.g. Greece, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, etc.)

Mar 18, 2014 6:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
GCGriswold wrote:

Putin +1; Obama -1 Sadly, our current administration couldn’t (collectively) figure its way out of a wet paper bag in a rain storm!

Mar 18, 2014 6:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
GCGriswold wrote:

And Obama stamped his foot and said, “He can’t do that”! And Putin did anyway! Again, another fine example of where WE stand in the world of foreign policy!

Mar 18, 2014 7:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Whatsgoingon wrote:

@Fromkin LOL you still remember UN. It has become nothing but a money sinking hole ever since Mr. Powell delivered his “45-minute launch” speech, right before our WMD-hunting game. A decade passed and thousands died, the game is still going strong, sucking billions off US books every year.

This time UN held meeting again on Ukraine, luckily the circus was stopped with a single Russian veto. Shame on US and the west to wave the toilet paper they tossed – it stinks.

I am not a big fan of Putin, yet he’s so right in using the word “exceptionalism.” We have “respect” written all over our school’s walls, yet none of our officials understand what it means. Did they fake their birth certificates, or have collective memory loss?

Mar 18, 2014 7:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
UScitizentoo wrote:

Russian soldiers kill a Ukrainian soldier outmanned and outgunned in Crimea. Glory to the Heros.
Will someone please send the mother of the soldier who was abandoned by his country some roses to place on his grave?

Mar 18, 2014 7:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
hkrieger wrote:

Oh Criminy Crimea!

Mar 18, 2014 7:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Western governments are criminal and can’t wait to start the World massacre, hands off the Ukraine, it was peaceful and stable before these criminals and Wall Street got hungry!!!!

Mar 18, 2014 7:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Hermist wrote:

I wish Palin was elected President! Hopefully she will run against Hilary!

Mar 18, 2014 7:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
UScitizentoo wrote:

Russian soldiers kill a Ukrainian soldier outmanned and outgunned in Crimea. He had been told not to shoot his weapon. Maybe now they can shoot back?

Mar 18, 2014 8:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bighammerman wrote:

Way to go Obama. Because of Obama’s stupid foreign policy the US is now being pushed aside and we will pay dearly for that at a later date. Obama has done an incredible amount of damage to this country domestically and the globe. Obama needs to resign.

Mar 18, 2014 9:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JamesJones70 wrote:

They said that whoever fired the shot was trying to provoke the war and has been arrested. Apparently that person fired at both sides (Ukraine and Russia). Be very ware of war provocation.

Mar 18, 2014 9:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Now that Russia runs Crimea. What is Putin doing to protect ethic Ukrainian speaking people? The Ukrainian officer shot dead today would argue the answer is “nothing.”

Mar 18, 2014 10:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ruffsoft wrote:

Why is a violent toppling, led by neo-Nazi troops, of a democratically elected government a “flowering of democracy” while a democratic election in Crimea, a response to accepting a violent coup, is “illegal and unconstitutional.”

Clearly, people did not vote overwhelmingly to join Russia because they had “a gun in their face.”

Russia has had up to 25,000 troops, under longstanding treaty, in Crimea for decades, and it required no shooting, no killing, no threats to convince the Crimean people that they did NOT belong to a putsch regime, with fascist elements in leadership positions, and that it’s real security and liberty was with Russia.

And the funniest thing is that the West, Europe, the US….can do nothing but bitch. Now Yats is making his pitch to Putin since the new Ukraine is in the process of imploding, tainted with a violent fascist takeover, bankrupt, and now splintered.

The fact is that all those wishing to punish Russia are in no position to do so. It is not the weakness of Obama (which the deluded continue to blame) but the bankruptcy of Western foreign policy, based on force and profoundly hypocritical, which has created this situation.

After invading Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yeman, and Somalia, as well as nuclear Pakistan (bombing IS an invasion), in violation of international law, the US has no business whining about Putin and the will of the Crimean people to exercise self-determination.

To call this a fake referendum forced on the Crimeans by a Russian invasion, while ignoring the fascist takedown of the elected government, is to exhibit the lowest level of hypocrisy.

“Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.”
Hannah Arendt

It is this rotten core which allows Nazis to oust an elected President and Western “democracies” to call this the “flowering of democracy.” Democracy is being raped before our eyes; don’t buy the hype.

Mar 18, 2014 11:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Thorgood2 wrote:

We helped Russia disarm Ukraine 20 years ago when Clinton was President. See: Ukraine – Memorandum on Security Assurances

http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Ukraine._Memorandum_on_Security_Assurances

Presently we appear incompetent and weak. As the USA is the military protector of Japan and South Korea, it’s likely that they are feeling rather insecure right now.

Mar 19, 2014 1:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Thorgood2 wrote:

We helped Russia disarm Ukraine 20 years ago when Clinton was President. See: Ukraine – Memorandum on Security Assurances

http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Ukraine._Memorandum_on_Security_Assurances

Presently we appear incompetent and weak. As the USA is the military protector of Japan and South Korea, it’s likely that they are feeling rather insecure right now.

Mar 19, 2014 1:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
WestFlorida wrote:

It’s a done deal. What is most worrying about Putin’s speech was the violent anti-Western hatred it shows, and to see all of the smiling and bobbing heads in the audience, composed of Russian government leaders, indicates fully that Russia in its guts detests the West, and in particular hates the United States. Russia is now an enemy of the West, and it enjoys being in this position.

Mar 19, 2014 2:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jaybones wrote:

My dear fellow Americans, we must balance our budget asap and start paying off our debt.20% across the board cuts should begin right now. Until then, foreign threats will not take us serious.

Mar 19, 2014 4:07am EDT  --  Report as abuse
lub wrote:

excellent comment

Mar 19, 2014 4:19am EDT  --  Report as abuse
lub wrote:

@ ruffsoft

Mar 19, 2014 4:21am EDT  --  Report as abuse
xyz2055 wrote:

Many of the comments here are amusing. The Crimean people voted overwhelmingly to join Russia. What threat does this pose to the U.S.? While the interim Ukrainian government may take issue with the events of the day…it was a democratic process. Shouldn’t the U.S. and the rest of the world respect the wishes of those people? While some see this as Putin versus Obama..in reality..it was a local issue. U.S. and Europe need to stand down on this issue.

Mar 19, 2014 4:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
IreneGor wrote:

I wrote it once and i repeat – it was not a Ukranean serviceman who got killed – it was a man from the Crimean community defense volunteer squad who got killed by an undefined sniper hiding in the building. But the Western media do not want to investgate these facts…. You are led to beleive lies….

Mar 19, 2014 4:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
livlife wrote:

I love how the west and USA promote human rights and law and order around the world and now they all are up in arms against Russia for annexing Crimean, an action labelled illegal. But yet Israel can annex all of the Palestinian territories inch by inch, and that is perfectly fine.. The support Ukraine has received from the west and USA in less than week for annexation of Crimean, the Palestinian have been waiting for over 60 years..I suppose Palestinians are not considered human.. pick and choose

Mar 19, 2014 4:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
lowcosts wrote:

Why Obama, the U.S. president is constantly mentioned in the comments? Russia is a different continent from the U.S.. Other hemisphere.

Mar 19, 2014 6:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse
gordo53 wrote:

This is just the beginning. Putin is reassembling the Soviet empire. The west is weak and getting weaker. Even NATO will not shield former Soviet states from Russia’s influence. We should all keep in mind that the Kiev uprising had its genesis with western intelligence agencies. There is much more to this little drama than meets the eye. It would be no surprise if planned cuts to the US military budget have played a role.

Mar 19, 2014 6:56am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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