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Crimea Gov’t Votes Unanimously To Join Russia

First we have this from the Associated Press:

Ukraine premier: Crimea will remain in Ukraine

By MARIA DANILOVA | March 5, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — In his first interview since taking office, Ukraine’s new prime minister vigorously defended the legality of his government against attacks coming from Russia, but said Wednesday that Ukraine would be willing to consider granting more autonomy to the Crimea region to assuage the concerns of the province’s pro-Russian population.

Speaking to The Associated Press, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk denied reports that Ukraine is seeking military assistance from the United States…

They aren’t crazy enough to hope for any military assistance from Obama. (And never mind that we have promised it in several binding agreements, including those re-affirmed by the Obama administration.)

In the interview, Yatsenyuk blamed Russia’s leader for the ongoing crisis and said Putin was the one acting outside the law.

"A number of military forces of the Russian Federation are deployed in Crimea. We cannot figure out the reason why Russian boots are on Ukrainian ground. And it’s crystal clear that it was ordered personally by President Putin. This is Ukrainian territory and Russia wants to grab control over Crimea. But I will underline again, we will do our best in order to regain control over Ukrainian territory. The Russian military is to be back in the barracks."

"What happened in Crimea is unconstitutional and resembles … a coup supported by the Russian government and the Russian military," Yatsenyuk said.

"The Ukrainian government is legitimate. And let me remind Mr. Putin that this government was supported by the constitutional majority of Ukrainian MPs with 371 votes. We are legitimate and we must fulfill our responsibilities. And we strongly recommend to our Russian partners to build up relations with the new Ukrainian government."

This is a very important point. Ukraine has a British-style Parliamentarian system of government. And their Parliament decided to remove the Yanukovich administration, which is their legal right. But this is a major detail that our news media never mentions for some odd reason.

But, because the news media never mention this, the low information crowd thinks this was a coup against a democratically elected government. Which is exactly what Putin wants them to think.

And yet Parliament suddenly loom large in this report from Reuters:

Crimea votes to join Russia, accelerating Ukraine crisis

By Alissa de Carbonnel | March 6, 2014

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) – Crimea’s parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum within 10 days on the decision in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula.

The sudden acceleration of moves to bring Crimea, which has an ethnic Russian majority and has effectively been seized by Russian forces, formally under Moscow’s rule came as European Union leaders gathered for an emergency summit to seek ways to pressure Russia to back down and accept mediation.

Once again, Crimea only has ‘an ethnic majority’ because of the Soviet Unions colonization and the Soviet’s mass deportations and executions of the non-Russian population. Which is another minor detail that our news media studiously avoid to mention.

The Crimean parliament voted unanimously "to enter into the Russian Federation with the rights of a subject of the Russian Federation".

Even though joining Russia has been voted down in every past referendum in Crimea. And it has been wildly unpopular in every poll taken there.

The vice premier of Crimea, home to Russia’s Black Sea military base in Sevastopol, said a referendum on the status would take place on March 16. He said all state property would be "nationalized" and the Russian ruble could be adopted.

Oh, joy.

The announcement, which diplomats said could not have been made without Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approval, raised the stakes in the most serious east-west confrontation since the end of the Cold War. Russia stocks fell and the ruble weakened further after the news.

Far from seeking a diplomatic way out, Putin appears to have chosen to create facts on the ground before the West can agree on more than token action against him…

Don’t worry. John Kerry is on the case.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, March 6th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Crimea Gov’t Votes Unanimously To Join Russia”

  1. Astravogel

    Too long to post here, but Ann Coulter’s “Crimea River” from
    yesterday recalls the foreign policy coups of the Democrats.




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