More U.S., EU sanctions depend on Putin's choices on Ukraine: Kerry

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momo51 wrote:

What a load of c$ap. You mean Kerry will tell the Europeans what to do even if it’s again their own interests. There is no politicians left with a spine in the West. They are all puppets for the US to manipulate. I kind admire Putin and his excellent foreign affairs minister for their clever play in this crisis to the grand damn of the US.

Jun 25, 2014 11:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sabrefencer wrote:

what a group of absolute fools the Europeans are, led by the blowhard Kerry and the biggest fool of them all.. OBama…Putin and iran run rampant , while we appear before the TV cameras and say absolutely nothing…

Jun 25, 2014 1:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JoeBarton wrote:

mmomo51 lay down the crack. Take a deep breath and calm the f down.

Jun 25, 2014 1:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
nvgg wrote:

There is nothing Human in Obama

Jun 25, 2014 1:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sego wrote:

Politics and religion have again turned brother against brother. I don’t know how they are going to resolve their issues, but trust and respect for the individual must be part of it.

Jun 25, 2014 2:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
majkmushrm wrote:

Let NATO pressure their satraps in Kiev.

Jun 25, 2014 2:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

At least the local truck driver is smart enough to know what’s going on.

Jun 25, 2014 2:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
carlmartel wrote:

The US and EU do not want Russia to send anyone to Ukraine to discuss, advise, mediate, or negotiate with any forces in Ukraine, but the US and EU blame Russia for not accomplishing anything that the US and EU claim is “positive” inside Ukraine. The US and EU will impose further sanctions on the US and EU. US and EU leaders don’t know that sanctions reduce commerce for the US and EU in addition to the countries they target. For example, the US has economic sanctions on 50% of the world and has a $500 billion per year trade deficit while China trades with 100% of the world and has favorable trade balances that have risen to $2,501.88 billion in the year from June, 2013, to May, 2014.

Trade sanctions helped cause US GDP growth in 2014′s 1st quarter to be -2.9%. EU growth was -0.3%. Russia had +0.8%. Russia’s ally, China, had +7.4%. The US and EU continue to damage their economies and allow Russia and China to grow at the expense of the US and EU. US and EU anctions give effective benefits for Russia and China.

Jun 25, 2014 2:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dixiedog44 wrote:

Kerry and Obungler remind me of the cartoon featuring a little mouse with his chest puffed out while giving the fickle finger to the huge eagle swooping down to devour him. Who do they think they are fooling?

Jun 25, 2014 3:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
LisaMae wrote:

The self righteous attitude we have toward Russia is absolutely hypocritical.Putin has repeatedly tried to resolve the crisis through diplomatic channels. Since ww2 America has invaded over sixty countries and with the help of NATO, America has incited and supported coups, and has murdered other world leaders. Our actions with the aid of NATO have resulted in incalculable destruction, instability, and has profoundly impacted the course of many countries…Russia, who has a legitimate interest in the Ukraine, is a criminal because he arms his people against aggression? America arms rebels, invades countries, drones innocent civilians, decides who should be the ruler of another country and who shouldn’t, sends troops to defend whoever America deems the “good guy” and leaves everybody else to fend for themselves…but Putin is the criminal?

Jun 25, 2014 4:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
xcanada2 wrote:

“Putin should prove his commitment to peace in Ukraine, Kerry told a news conference”

I’d say: Kerry should prove that he is not talking nonsense.

He should prove that this whole Ukraine mess was not set up by the US. That $5B of our taxpayer money was used for “good” purposes, not bribes and payoffs of Ukrainian would-be politicians and oligarchs.

He should prove that he can get gas over to Europe at the same price as from Russia, and similarly for the other raw materials that EU gets from Russia. All this in time for the next winter. And continuing for the indefinite future.

Kerry should prove that the EU will be better off without long term involvement with Russia. (Maybe he can prove that we Americans can also do better without long-term involvement with Canada.)

Kerry should prove that he is not acting in the interests of US warmongers.

Putin and Lavrov sound infinitely more sensible than Obama and Kerry. Evidently Putin/Lavrov know how to play the sensible/caring cards, and Obama/Kerry only know how to cover up their aggressiveness by the trite, childish trick of accusing the other side of doing exactly what they are doing. The only commitment that Obama/Kerry have is evidently to attack Russia and to wreck EU-Russia relations.

Jun 25, 2014 4:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Scott_Daluth wrote:

How in the world did we manage to alienate the entire world jn a matter of 15 years? Seriously, having traveled abroad to many countries for decades, the reputation of our country hasn’t simply declined, it has been obliterated across the globe. This is mindblowing. Quite literally, no country believes anymore that the United States stands for peace and the protection of human rights. Few people in the world look up to us anymore, largely due to our politicians’ idiotic hypocritical statements and policies. f this doesn’t represent a decline of an empire, I’m not sure what does.

The failure of our foreign policy over the last two decades (across both parties) is astounding. What we are seeing here with Kerry making ridiculous hypocritical accusations to another nation is just a continuation of what we’ve been seeing over the last twenty years.

How the mighty have fallen.

Jun 25, 2014 5:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
StigTW wrote:

This is pointless – Sanctioning a neighbour for Ukraine’s own divisions. Even more stupid is (Sanctions) this simply isolates the US a little more each time. Perhaps from inside the bubble US politicians can’t see it but for most of us on this planet outside the US it’s quite clear.

Jun 25, 2014 12:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
JPHR wrote:

Jun 26, 2014 3:44am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jrpardinas wrote:

This is the best opportunity Russia will ever have to face down, thwart, and humiliate a military organized and funded by NATO.

And, better yet, it will be good for world peace.

If Washington’s European flunkies are allowed to conquer militarily an ethnic Russian population on Russia’s very doorstep, there’s no telling what they’ll come to believe they can do next.

My guess: They’ll get the notion they can take on Russia itself.

The Western Europeans have a proven track record when it comes to self-destruction. Now they have Washington egging them on. After all, no skin off America’s nose if Europe descends into armed chaos. One less global business competitor.

East Ukraine is where Russia needs to stop NATO.

Jun 26, 2014 6:13am EDT  --  Report as abuse
CanRus wrote:

The anti-West pro-Putin cheerleaders have been laying the nonsense on thick for the past 2 days. Go easy on the vodka, guys. It’s starting to show. Or are the Kremlin cronies just getting more desperate?

Jun 26, 2014 8:02am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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