Russian President Vladimir Putin says he does not fear the enlargement of NATO. "We have no fear - I do not have and no one else should have this either. Yet we have to bear the realities in mind," Putin said in a Q&A session on Thursday. He called for taking a sober view of the situation concerning the further enlargement of the alliance. "We will choke them all. What are you afraid of?" Putin said while answering a question to the expansion of NATO.
NATO's Rasmussen pledged on Wednesday to step up patrols and boost its military presence along the alliance's eastern border in Europe, citing Russia's alleged involvement in the Ukrainian crisis. "We will have more planes in the air, more ships on the water, and more readiness on the land," Rasmussen said in Brussels.
This move has come as another sign that the alliance was tightening its grip on Eastern Europe where it is already running air-policing and surveillance missions over Poland, Romania and the Baltic trio.
NATO member states earlier released separate announcements saying they were suspending military cooperation with Russia after Crimean residents voted overwhelmingly to join Russia in a referendum, which the West considers illegitimate and Russia says is in line with the UN charter and the international law.
According to Russian experts, the suspension of military cooperation with NATO will do no harm to Russian interests or security.
Russia has vociferously opposed any further eastward expansion by NATO, particularly by former Soviet republics on its borders. Vladimir Putin said last week Moscow was open to further cooperation with NATO, but remained opposed to the organization's presence in historic Russian territories.
Presidential race in Ukraine proceeding in absolutely unacceptable forms; if this continues, we will be unable to recognize elections - Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that the current election campaign in Ukraine has unacceptable forms, and if it continues to take place in such forms, the Russian authorities will not be able to recognize the legitimacy of Ukraine's upcoming presidential polls. "The presidential race is proceeding in absolutely unacceptable forms. If it continues like this, we certainly will be unable to recognize the events that will follow May 25 [the Ukrainian presidential elections] as legitimate," Putin said during his annual Q&A session on Thursday.
Compromise needs to be reached by Ukrainian political forces, not Russia, US - Putin
A compromise regarding Ukraine must be reached by Ukrainian political forces rather than Russia and the United States, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. "Can a compromise regarding Ukraine be reached between the United States and Russia? The compromise must be reached between various political forces inside Ukraine, not between third parties. This is of paramount importance; this is a keynote issue," Putin said in a Q&A session on Thursday. "All we can do from the outside is to support it in some way and go along with it," he said.
Ukrainian people must respect Crimea's choice - Putin
Ukrainian people must respect the Crimea's choice, the Russian President Vladimir Putin said during his annual Q&A session on Thursday. "If we treat each other with respect, we will have to recognize each other's right of choice. People who live in Ukraine, have to respect the choice of those who live in Crimea," Putin said during a live Q&A session Following the regime change in Ukraine in February, Crimea refused to recognize the legitimacy of the new authorities and held a referendum that resulted in its reunification with Russia.
The West consistently blamed Russia for violating Ukraine's territorial integrity and called the referendum illegitimate.
The Russian Foreign Ministry insists the vote fully complied with international law and the UN Charter and genuinely reflected the free will of Crimean citizens. On Wednesday, the regime in Kiev announced it was going to raise the issue of Crimea's return at a planned four-party meeting in Geneva on today, which is to tackle the deteriorating situation in Ukraine following the February coup.
Actions of Russian forces in Crimea were extremely professional - Putin
The actions of Russian forces in Crimea were not premeditated, but extremely professional, said Russian President Vladimir Putin during his Q&A session. "Nothing was prepared beforehand; everything was done on the fly, so to speak, to accommodate the situation. But it was executed flawlessly and professionally," Putin said. He stressed that Russia’s intention was not to conduct a military operation in Crimea, but to ensure that the people of the peninsula could safely express their will during the referendum.
Things can be put in order in Ukraine only via democratic procedures rather than army use - Putin
Putin assured that "there are no Russian instructors" in Ukraine. Russia wants to build constructive relations with Ukraine and the West, it has no intention of threatening its partners.
The current instability in Ukraine can be settled only through a dialogue rather than using military methods, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
He said he believes it would be very important to start negotiations with all parties involved. "It is every important today to think together about how to overcome the situation and propose a real rather than superficial dialogue," he said.
Members of the de facto Kiev authorities have been coming to eastern parts of Ukraine from time to time, but they have met with their appointees rather than with their opponents there, he said.
"You don't have to travel to Donbas [the Donetsk region] for that purpose, and it would be enough to summon them to Kiev and hold a conference there. It's necessary to speak with the people and their real representatives,"
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that there are no Russian Armed Forces units in eastern Ukraine. "Such claims are nonsense," Putin said during his annual call-in live broadcast on Thursday.
"There are no Russian units, Russian special services or Russian instructors in the east of Ukraine. All of these people are local residents. The fact that these people have taken off masks in the direct sense of the word proves this best of all," he said.
"What I can tell my Western partners is that these people have nowhere to go. They will not leave. They are the owners of this land. And it is necessary to talk to them," the Russian president said.
The current instability in Ukraine can be settled only through a dialogue rather than using military methods, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
"Order in the country can be established only through a dialogue, in the course of democratic procedures, rather than through the use of the armed forces, tanks, and aviation," Putin said during a Q&A session on Thursday.
Using force against people in eastern Ukraine is another serious crime of Kiev authorities - Putin
The decision to send tanks and combat aircraft to eastern Ukraine is another serious crime committed by the authorities in Kiev, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. "Instead of realizing that something has gone wrong in the Ukrainian state and making attempts to start dialogue, they have intensified their threats to use force and have even decided to send tanks and aircraft against the civilian population. It is another very serious crime on the part of the current Kiev authorities," Putin said during his annual call-in live broadcast on Thursday.
How does Vladimir Putin get prepared to the broadcast?
Vladimir Putin reads a lot of information on different issues, freshens up the knowledge of the statistics, looks through the reports of different ministries and departments, Peskov said. "President Putin himself looks through all questions and pays attention to everything that concerns public opinion," Peskov said. The spokesman also thinks that "a successful broadcast with the President is the one that people watch, listen to, discuss, and the one that results in a range of the President’s commissions."
The way, the live is broadcasted
The reception of the questions began a week ago and will continue till the end of the broadcast. There are different ways of asking the President a question – via telephone call, SMS text message, e-mail message and via video services. One can ask his or her question via the website of the broadcast, and support the questions asked.
The Crimea and Sevastopol citizens will be able to ask their questions for the first time ever. These regions are provided with special telephone number which is free of charge. However, the Crimea citizens can’t use the common telephone number to ask their questions, but this problem will be fixed next year.
Vladimir Putin will answer the most popular and interesting questions. The studio with several tens of guests will hold several teleconferences with different regions of Russia.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
World Must Listen to What South-Eastern Ukraine Has to Say
|Pyotr BOROVOY | 17.04.2014 | 00:00|
The anti-terrorist operation announced by Kiev has immediately turned into a punitive action against peaceful civilians. As the airport in Kramatorsk was being captured, peaceful demonstrators were fired at. There were civilian casualties. It could not have been otherwise, because there are no regular foreign military units to counter the Ukraine’s army.
The Ukrainian servicemen could see it for themselves as they came to Slavyansk and Kramatorsk protected by armor units. When the situation became clear, they refused to carry out the order to put down the protests and went over to the other side.
It should be kept in mind that the Kiev regime was ready for bloodshed when it ordered the punitive action to start. One should give credit to the Ukrainian servicemen; it’s their merit that mass extermination of civilians has not taken place as yet. They have refused to carry out the criminal orders.
The actions of Kiev regime sparked mass protests in the Donetsk and other regions. Actions of civil disobedience are to take place in Odessa. People realize they have nowhere to go and nothing to lose. Defending the right for self-determination is a point of honor for them, the same way the victory over fascist chasteners was a point of honor for their grandfathers and great-grandfathers 69 years ago. I have seen hundreds of amateur and professional video footages and talked to scores of people before arriving at the conclusion. They are adamant to stand up to the Kiev-based regime and will never retreat.
The interim rulers in Kiev should stop; otherwise the resistance will spread around. There is a risk of full-scale civil war. That’s what President Putin emphasized talking to United Nations Secretary General and some Western leaders on April 15.
The brutal actions undertaken by the regime have made a dismemberment of the country a possible option. A territorial restructuring of the large East European state with hypothetical involvement of great powers will give rise to aggravation of tensions in Central and Eastern Europe and provoke new international security challenges. The Ukrainian crisis has already worsened the relationship between the United States and Russia. It’s a sad fact because global stability to great extent depends on the state of Russia-United States relations…
The idea of Ukraine becoming a federal state is vibrantly going around enjoying vast support. That’s what plenipotentiary representatives of the south-eastern civil movement insist on. They speak on the part of eight regions and 20 million of population. They still cherish a hope that the Kiev’s interim government will meet their lawful demands to maintain the unity of the Ukrainian state.
Equal and constructive dialogue between Kiev and South-Eastern Ukraine is possible only in case the following conditions are observed:
- the escalating use of force against the South-East is to be stopped and excluded in future;
- the dialogue’s agenda is to include lawful demands of people related to constitutional reform, including the right of federal administrative territories to secede;
- Russian is to become the second official language.
The aspirations of the people who live in South-Eastern Ukraine should become known and heard. The legally chosen representatives of this part of Ukraine should have the opportunity to bring the message across to the international community and the leaders of world leading states. They should take part in the forthcoming talks. The Kiev regime grabbed power as a result of coup. This part of Ukraine refuses to recognize it, as well as its sovereignty over the south-eastern lands.
The world must hear what these people have to say.
Die wahre Natur der gegenwärtigen Entwicklung entlarvt sich am Ende selbst. Dennoch ist es jetzt höchste Zeit zur Umkehr und Zeit zum Handeln! Die Welteroberer sind zwar auch diesmal zum Scheitern verurteilt. Das zeichnet sich ganz deutlich schon in der Ukraine ab. Aber ohne unseren Einspruch, ohne unser demonstratives NEIN, wird sich die Zahl ihrer Opfer noch beträchtlich erhöhen. Greifen wir also ein ins Rad der Geschichte. Fordern wir von unserem "Führungspersonal":
- Schluss mit den Drohgebärden gegen Russland!
- Schluss mit dem Waffengeklirr der NATO!
- Schluss mit der ewig-alten Melodie, die unsere Täterschaft wieder einmal verhüllt!
- Schluss mit der Nibelungentreue gegenüber der verbrecherischen US-Politik!
- Wir lassen uns nicht mehr einschüchtern oder kaufen!
- Wir wollen weder Krieg noch Faschismus noch lassen wir uns gegen andere Völker, Nationen, Ethnien oder Religionsgemeinschaften aufhetzen!
- Schluss mit dem Schreckgespenst "Terrorgefahr"! Unsere falschen Freunde haben es selbst erzeugt und an ihrer Brust genährt!
- Schluss mit den pseudo-humanitären Militärinterventionen auf anderen Kontinenten oder bei unseren Nachbarvölkern!
- Sollen sie bei sich selbst Ordnung schaffen - wir aber wollen humane Verhältnisse im eigenen Land!
- Politiker, zu Hause gibt es viel zu tun!
- Wenn unser Spitzenpersonal versagt, dann blasen wir ihnen den Marsch!
- Wir verweigern uns dem Herdenstrom der Zustimmung!
- Nein und nochmals NEIN zum Kriegsgeheul!
- Friedenspolitik und Diplomatie sind das Gebot der Stunde!
- Geistige Abrüstung ist, was wir brauchen!
- Zeigen wir nicht mit dem Finger auf andere Staaten und ihre Repräsentanten!
- Respektieren wir gemäß der UN-Charta das Resultat zweier Weltkriege und damit die Souveränität anderer Staaten!
- Auch der Androhung von Gewalt bieten wir mit der UN-Verfassung Paroli!
- Auf zum Ostermarsch!
«These are Genuine Neo-Nazis Who Employ Swastika Symbols and Are Openly Anti-Semitic…" Leibler, Jerusalem Post
Zionists and Anti-Semites in Ukraine: A Strange Union
|Dmitry MININ | 17.04.2014 | 08:43|
It is surprising how the national socialist Banderovite ideology which has prevailed in Kiev, filled as it is with anti-Semitism, has enabled the complete triumph of the most odious of figures from the point of view of this ideology, the oligarchs, and activists of the world Jewish movement like Igor Kolomoisky, at that. This is a striking example of how seemingly mutually exclusive political forces can form unprincipled and unnatural unions for the sake of achieving short-term goals without thinking about the far-reaching consequences…
Such a symbiosis, being highly contradictory, cannot last long. Both partners are playing a dangerous game over who will outfox whom. The former risk confirming the old adage that revolutions devour their own children; the latter could run up against the fury of the extremists and bring pogroms down upon themselves. There are already signs of both in Ukraine: the shooting death of Sashko Bilyi, on the one hand; and the appearance of Wolfsangels, the stylized swastikas of the Right Sector, on synagogues throughout Ukraine, for example, recently in Odessa.
The ultranationalist slogan «Bandera will come and put things in order!» today sounds like «Kolomoisky will come and put things in order!» Kolomoisky, the third richest person in Ukraine, declares everywhere that he is an Israeli citizen and the president of the Jewish Congress of Europe, but that did not prevent him from being appointed the head of the Dnepropetrovsk region. Under his leadership and on his money, this region has become a hotbed of newly minted polizeis from the Right Sector, who are being sent out throughout the country. And he previously, along with Pyotr Poroshenko, who has a similar world view, was one of the main sponsors of the Maidan. Some of the disillusioned more radical participants of those events, such as the members of the White Hammer group, have already rebelled against the fact that they were blatantly used for the sake of what they call the «Zionist revolution» in Ukraine. They point out the ancestry of Prime Minister A. Yatsenyuk, Vice Premier V. Groisman and many other figures in the new regime. White Hammer members also see Jewish roots in their former associates, Freedom Party chairman O. Tyahnybok and Right Sector leader D. Yarosha.
However, how did it happen that Kolomoisky, who is not embarrassed to wear a «Jewish Banderovite» T-shirt (apparently he invented this uniform himself), has forgotten the role played during the war by members of the Ukrainian nationalist movement oriented toward Stepan Bandera in the extermination of the Jewish population of Ukraine? And why does he refuse to see the ideological continuity between them and their modern-day followers from the Freedom Party and the Right Sector? Why does he hate Russia so passionately? Natan Khazin, one of his henchmen who commanded a company on the Maidan, stated that he did not see any evidence of anti-Semitism there, and that it is «better to be a Jewish Banderovite than a Jewish Muscovite». Can it really be that the hunger for money and power, as well as the unwillingness to let anyone else in on the private preserve into which they have turned all of Ukraine, can blind them to such a degree? Despite the obvious facts, the Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine continues to insist that nothing threatens Jews in the country. However, once you understand that the head rabbi of Kiev and Ukraine, Yaakov Bleich, came there from New York, it becomes clear where this illusion is being created. It is extremely awkward for Washington to admit that as a result of its actions the situation for Jews in Ukraine could get worse.
In Israel, for example, many are bewildered by the flirtation of the current leaders of Ukraine's Jewish community with open anti-Semites. «Jews who engage in the politics of an unstable country in which successive governments condoned or ignored nationalist anti-Semitic groups are playing with fire,» writes one Internet resource. On February 27, Knesset member Rina Frenkel (Yesh Atid) petitioned the head of the government to create a state program for the repatriation of Ukrainian Jews. In her opinion, the Jewish community in Ukraine «is in clear and present danger». Knesset member Moshe Feiglin (Likud) also emphasized at Knesset hearings that the situation in Ukraine should be «an alarm signal on the strategic level» for the Israeli government. According to Feiglin, political processes in Eastern Europe and the deep economic crisis in the West could create pressure on all the 6 million Jews in the Diaspora. Referring to the «most cautious» estimates of demographic analysts, the parliament member stated that in the next 10 years at least 1.5 million Jews could repatriate. He urged the government to begin timely preparations for such a development. Head Chabad rabbi Reuven Azman advised his followers to leave Ukraine as soon as possible.
Israeli public opinion assesses Russia's actions in the Ukrainian crisis differently than Kolomoisky does as well. For example, according to one survey, only 35% believe that the Crimea is the territory of Ukraine and should remain part of that state. 60% agree with the holding of the referendum and the reunification with Russia. At the UN General Assembly, despite pressure from the Obama administration, Israel did not vote for the resolution condemning Moscow for the annexation of the Crimea. And with regard to the position of Ukraine's Jewish oligarchs, well-known Israeli publicist Avigdor Eskin said metaphorically: «What can you say? We have our Vlasovites too».
One prominent activist for the freedom of Soviet Jews to emigrate, Isi Leibler, does not believe in the change of heart of the modern-day Banderovites who all declare as if on cue that they are not anti-Semites either. He writes in the Jerusalem Post: Oleh Tyahnybok, leader of Svoboda, the largest right-wing extremist nationalist faction, which holds 37 seats in the government, has called for the liberation of Ukraine from the 'Muscovite-Jewish Mafia'«. Until 2004 his movement was called the Social National Party of Ukraine (a reference to National Socialism). Tyahnybok is most clearly characterized by his statement: «I personally have nothing against ordinary Jews; I even have Jewish friends. I am against the Jewish oligarchs who control Ukraine and the Jewish Bolsheviks».
But just how durable is the anti-Semite-Zionist political alliance which has taken shape in Ukraine? It is hard to believe that each side is not waiting for a propitious moment to get rid of the other. It seems that the «unique crook» I. Kolomoisky (to use Putin's expression) is as of yet a step ahead. The Right Sector is no longer demanding the continuation of the «anti-oligarch revolution» and has dispersed throughout the country as punitive «special units» to suppress the people's protests in the Southeast. However, events are developing such that very soon the dark Banderovite forces will most likely declare that they have been «betrayed», and then they will make their erstwhile ally one of those to blame for their inevitable defeat. But Igor Kolomoisky probably has some kind of plan for that case as well.