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Putin Annexes Crimea, As Duma Mocks Obama

From the Associated Press:

Putin approves draft bill for annexation of Crimea

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA | March 18, 2014

Is Russia preparing for more military action in Ukraine?

Why wouldn’t they be? Who’s going to stop them?

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday approved a draft bill for the annexation of Crimea, a key move in a flurry of steps to formally take over the Black Sea peninsula.

Russia’s Constitutional Court and the Kremlin-controlled parliament are expected to quickly endorse the move. Some lawmakers said that Crimea could be made part of Russia by the end of the week.

Crimea on Sunday voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine and seek to join Russia. The hastily called vote was held two weeks after Russian troops had overtaken the Black Sea peninsula.

And never mind that polling conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) in 2013 found that 36% of respondents in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea wanted Ukraine to unite with Russia. Or that a poll by the International Republican Institute in May 2013 found that 67% wanted to remain in Ukraine and only 23% wanted unity with Russia.

Things change with a gun to your head.

The United States and the European Union on Monday announced asset freezes and other sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian officials involved in the Crimean crisis. President Barack Obama warned that more would come if Russia didn’t stop interfering in Ukraine…

Threats that were followed by hysterical laughter.

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, however, hailed Crimea’s vote to join Russia as a "happy event." Gorbachev, in remarks carried Tuesday by online newspaper Slon.ru, said Crimea’s vote offered residents the freedom of choice and showed that "people really wanted to return to Russia."

Gorbachev added that the referendum set an example for people in Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine, who also should decide their fate.

 Gorbachev? — The hero? The man who single-handedly ended the Cold War? That Gorbachev?

The decree signed by Putin and posted on the official government website Tuesday morning is one of the steps to formalize the annexation of Crimea. Putin was set to address both houses of the parliament at 3 p.m. Moscow time (1100 GMT) in a nationally televised speech where he was widely expected to stake Russia’s claim on Crimea and spell out his further policy in the Ukrainian crisis.

Putin has warned that he would be ready to use "all means" to protect Russian speakers in eastern Ukraine, and Russia has built up its forces alongside the border between the two countries, raising fears of an invasion…

In other words, he is probably going to invade eastern Ukraine. And he is certainly going to insist that Ukraine do his bidding. Which is as good as an invasion.

The Russian State Duma, the lower chamber of parliament, on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution condemning U.S. sanctions targeting Russian officials including members of the chamber. The chamber challenged President Barack Obama to extend the sanctions to all the 353 deputies who voted for Tuesday’s resolution, suggesting that being targeted was a badge of honor…

Hilarious. ‘Duma,’ which is the name of their parliament, means ‘think’ in Russian.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Putin Annexes Crimea, As Duma Mocks Obama”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Am I the only in the room who knows all of this was planned with Washington getting a head fake and Putin LOL how easy it was to roll the Anointed One?

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