Considering how successful diplomatic “solutions” to the Ukraine crisis have been in the past, it is no wonder almost nobody was paying attention to Geneva where today the four parties were holding talks to resolve the Ukraine situation, and moments ago they released, via Russia’s Lavrov, a joint statement on “de-escalating the situation.” From Bloomberg:
- LAVROV SAYS DOCUMENT APPROVED ON UKRAINE
- LAVROV SAYS DOCUMENT ON INITIAL STEPS TO DE-ESCALATE SITUATION
- 4 PARTIES CALL FOR ILLEGAL ARMED GROUPS TO BE DISARMED: LAVROV
- UKRAINIANS MUST RESOLVE CRISIS THEMSELVES, LAVROV SAYS
- PARTIES URGE WIDE-RANGING NATIONAL DIALOG IN UKRAINE: LAVROV
- PARTIES URGE AMNESTY FOR PROTESTERS IN UKRAINE’S EAST: LAVROV
- UKRAINE NEEDS TO BOLSTER STATUS OF RUSSIAN LANGUAGE: LAVROV
And, approrpiately enough, the Easter Egg:
- UKRAINE NEEDS DECENTRALIZATION, MORE REGIONAL POWERS: LAVROV
Separatists in Slavyansk occupied a TV and radio centre that broadcasts in the city as well as Kramatorsk, Gorlovka and Makeevka. They’ve switched off Ukranian TV and started broadcasting Russian channels.
Talks continue in Geneva, according to Reuters, officials are working on a joint statement but there is no agreement yet.
President Barack Obama said in a television interview Wednesday that Russia realizes the U.S. military is “significantly superior” and does not want a military confrontation with the U.S.
Asked in an interview by CBS News’ Major Garrett about the provocative actof a Russian fighter plane “buzzing” a U.S. Navy ship in the Black Sea over the weekend, Obama said the world “understands the superiority of our military.”
“And the Russians understand that. They’re not interested in any kind of military confrontation with us, understanding that our conventional forces are significantly superior to the Russians,’” Obama said.
“We don’t need a war. What we do need is a recognition that countries like Ukraine can have relationships with a whole range of their neighbors. And it is not up to anybody, whether it’s Russia or the United States or anybody else, to make decisions for them.”
Obama said Russia’s government and President Vladimir Putin were behind pro-Russian separatists who have taken over government buildings in several Ukrainian cities, continuing the ramp-up of the U.S.’s rhetoric against Russia. Obama accused the Russian government of continually “not respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.” >> Read More
So it’s his right now huh? not all decided by the will of the people..
Gawd help us/them
- says he will everything possible to help east Ukraine population defend their rights
- hopeful that it will be sorted by political and diplomatic means
- it is an illusion that force can solve all problems in international affairs
- world powers should work out a system to resolve problems without resorting to force
So says the master of diplomacy and tact.
“This is nonsense, there are no Russian troops in the east of Ukraine,” Vladimir Putin said, adding that the Kiev government should talk to the local residents to tackle the problem, not send in tanks to deal with it.
“All the people that are in the eastern Ukraine are local residents, and the main proof is that they’ve taken their masks off – literally. It’s their home, and they have nowhere to leave to,” Putin stressed.
The Russian president said the Kiev government should negotiate with those people, not with their henchmen. He called the decision to use force instead of dialogue ‘a serious crime’.
President Putin is set to hold his annual Q&A session with the Russian people, amid record approval ratings. >> Read More
If there is was one way to assure a certain escalation in Ukraine hostilities beyond what has already happened, it is for NATO to do precisely what Russia warned it should not do: build up its presence in the surrounding countries. Which is why we find it somewhat puzzling that NATO announced it would do just this when as the Guardian reported, the military alliance said it would step up its presence around Russian borders to “reassure eastern European member states.”
The reinforcements on Nato’s eastern flank will take the form of more air patrols over the Baltic states, greater numbers of warships in both the Baltic and eastern Mediterranean, and more troops deployed in eastern Europe.
The Nato buildup will also involve the redeployment of warships, some of them now participating in counter-piracy operations off Somalia, to the Baltic and the Mediterranean. A Nato official said the details of the naval measures were still being discussed. >> Read More
Ukraine’s Western-backed prime minister on Wednesday accused Russia of erecting a new “Berlin Wall” that threatened European security.
”Today’s events… are starting to endanger Europe and the European Union. It is now clear that our Russian neighbours have decided to build a new Berlin Wall and return to the Cold War era,” Arseniy Yatsenyuk told a government meeting.
There will be serious long-term consequences if Russia continues to destabilise Ukraine, Foreign Secretary William Hague has said.
Mr Hague warned that Moscow could face international isolation and lasting economic damage, through a reduction in foreign investment.
The foreign secretary was speaking at the Lord Mayor’s Easter banquet in the City of London.
Mr Hague added that it was a “crucial moment” in the Ukraine crisis.
‘Lawless acts’ >> Read More