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Putin: I Reserve The Right to Intervene

Remember last week, when Vladimir Putin was asking the Russian Parliament to rescind his authorization to use force to defend Russian speakers threatened in Ukraine? What a difference a week makes:

“I would like to make it clear to all: This country will continue to actively defend the rights of Russians, our compatriots abroad, using the entire range of available means — from political and economic to operations under international humanitarian law and the right of self-defense,” Mr. Putin said.

Putin’s move was made ahead of last Friday’s meeting of EU heads of state, where additional sanctions were supposed to be on the table. The move did the trick, with the Financial Times reporting last week that a sizable faction, led by Italy, opposed any further sanctions on Russia. Putin now sees that he has some room to maneuver: European leaders indicated yesterday that they will mull over the decision on further sanctions again on Thursday, and some more “next week”.

Putin is an expert at stringing the Europeans along, and it looks like they are content to let him.


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  • Kevin

    Sounds like the Sudentland all over again. When will Obama announce he’s cut a deal with Putin to secure Peace in Our Time? Is this the Farce phase of history repeating itself?

  • BobSykes

    We started this when we engineered a coup d’etat and installed the current fascist junta. Putin is merely exploiting the opportunities our own criminal government presented him.

    A good start would be to reinstall Yanukovych. He is still the legitimate president of the Ukraine, and he is the only democratically elected president in Ukrainian history.

    • Natalie

      Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! As corrupt as Yanukovych was, he legally is the rightful president of Ukraine according to the constitution. I actually wrote a blog entry on this here:

    • Lev Havryliv

      What a heap of Kremlin-inspired propaganda.

      Ukrainians had a free and fair election after toppling the ruthless corrupt Yanukovich who was a puppet of Putin.

      Ukrainians have chosen a European orientation and Russia just cannot accept this and is conducting war against Ukraine. The war is on many fronts, covert military action in east Ukraine, a mendacious propaganda war, and economic blackmail.

      When will Russia respect international law and Ukraine’s sovereignty in practice?

  • laker48

    It’ll probably take the US Congress to whack Russia with sectoral sanctions and send France’s banking sector into a tailspin. So far, the $9 billion fine France’s largest bank BNP Paribas already agreed to pay can be a prelude to further action, as two French and one German bank are targeted by the US regulators:

    BTW, Russian, very likely paid by the Kremlin trolls have sniffed this article right away.

  • Lev Havryliv

    Just like Hitler justified his aggression in the 1930’s as protection of German-speaking people, Putin is doing the same regarding Russian-speaking people.

    Russian propaganda is fooling no one. Putin is making a grab for more Ukrainian territory.

    It is time for serious sanctions against Russia.

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