The Russian president has defended the country’s moves in Ukraine consistent with international law during a phone call with President Barack Obama.
A statement published on the Kremlin website early Friday said that during the call, Vladimir Putin condemned the newly formed Kiev government as the result of an “anti-constitutional coup” and said Russia was “unable to ignore” requests for protection from Ukraine’s Russia-leaning east and south.
Putin stressed the importance of Russian-American relations, and said he hoped they would not become “a victim of disagreement” on certain issues. According to a White House statement issued late on Thursday, Obama demanded that the Russian president end the dispute diplomatically, by withdrawing Russian forces back to their base in Crimea and bringing international monitors into Ukraine.
Obama did it by offering hope, change, and class warfare… Abe did it by printing inordinate amounts of money, pumping stocks up, and speaking in increasingly militaristic tones… and nowVladimir Putin has managed to get his approval rating to near-record highs - by invading Ukraine?
The approval rating of Russian President Vladimir Putin remains at the highest level during the last two years for two consecutive weeks – 67.8 percent, a survey conducted by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) said.
Sociologists noted that Putin’s rating has been growing against the backdrop of the worsening political situation in Ukraine and the Crimea, successful completion of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and preparations to the opening of Paralympic Games.
VTsIOM stressed that over the past two years, Russian citizens have expressed approval of the work of the head of state on the level above 60 percent.
Previously, the maximum value of this index was reported in May 2012 (68.8 percent), immediately after Putin’s inauguration as president.
With Ukrainians living in the Crimea region voting to join Russia, the West calling for sanctions (well some of the West), boots still on the ground, and markets apparently of the belief that all is well in the world once again, we thought the Russian perspective on the next steps was useful…
Via Sergei Markov of The Moscow Times,
The current crisis is not about Crimea. It is about the rights of Russian-speakers throughout Ukraine whom the Kremlin wants to protect from violence and discrimination. Russia does not want a military intervention in Crimea and does not want to take Crimea from Ukraine.
There is a political solution to this crisis. >> Read More
“Putin: Unconstitutional coup is taking place in Ukraine. The U.S halted military cooperation and trade negotiations with Russia”
That’s the headline from a Beijing newspaper– and no surprise that it leans slightly to the Russian side.
The article goes on: >> Read More
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Russia’s plan to issue passports in Ukraine’s Crimean region is like the “population transfers” carried out by Adolf Hitler in the late 1930s,Ruby Cramer of Buzzfeed reports.
Last week, the lower house of the Kremlin’s legislature passed a bill that would allow ”Russian-speaking citizens of the former USSR, irrespective of nationality, who are in danger of a real threat of ethno-cultural, political, or professional discrimination” to acquire Russian citizenship.
“Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the 30s,” Clinton is quoted as saying at a fund-raiser in Los Angeles yesterday, according to a reportby Karen Robes Meeks of The Long Beach Press Telegram. “All the Germans that were … the ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, Hitler kept saying they’re not being treated right. I must go and protect my people and that’s what’s gotten everybody so nervous.”
Members of Vienna’s Ukrainian community protest against Russian troops in Ukraine, outside the U.S. embassy in Vienna March 4, 2014. >> Read More
Its eye on the prime minister’s chair for Narendra Modi, yet not certain of a majority of its own, the BJP has set about forging and looking for alliances, state by state, in its quest for 272 seats. A look at who are or could be with the BJP in nine of those states (counting Andhra Pradesh and Telangana as one), which together account for 255 of the 543 Lok Sabha seats:
Raj factor: Maharashtra
The BJP has forged a five-party alliance, Mahayuti, with the Shiv Sena, the RPI, the Swabhimani Paksha and the Rashtriya Samaj Paksha. Additionally, to prevent a split in the anti-UPA vote, the BJP is trying to convince Raj Thackeray not to field MNS candidates.
In 2009, the BJP and the Shiv Sena won 20 of 48 seats between them while the Swabhimani Paksha, then not in the alliance, won one. The Congress-NCP alliance has 25 seats in a state where it is in power; the Mahayuti is hoping for anti-incumbency accumulated over three terms.
Naidu an option: Andhra pradesh
N Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP made several overtures to the BJP in the run-up to the passage of the Telangana Bill. Since then, the TDP has gone quiet, apparently putting on the BJP the onus of taking the initiative for an alliance, or possibly preferring to wait until after the polls. With the TRS in Telangana rejecting a merger with Congress, the BJP senses a window of opportunity there too, but again only after the polls.
The BJP had won four of 42 seats in 1998 and seven in 1999, in alliance with the TDP. It has been routed since they parted ways in 2004. >> Read More
- there has been an unconstitutional coup in Ukraine, a military seizure of power
- Yanukovich fulfilled all conditions of Feb 21 agreement with opposition
- gave up all power in effect
- Ukrainian people wanted change but “illegal change” can not be encouraged
- Ukrainian people should be able to choose their future on a level-playing field
- Yanukovich is still their legitimate president even though he has no actual power **
** Not exactly a lot of use then but, hey, this is high level diplomacy not common sense
- Russia will “of course” provide financial aid to Crimea
- currently no need to use military force in Ukraine but Russia has the option to do so
- use of military force is a choice of last resort >> Read More
We haven’t heard confirmation from my sources but there is a rumour that Putin will make a statement on the current situation in Ukraine.
I’m posting for info.. Not verifying the rumours.
According to news agencies citing Kremlin spokesman
Out on Reuters quoting news agencies citing Kremlin spokesman
These are the troops that were on exercise in western Russia